Humor therapy may offer a valuable complementary treatment for alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression, according to an analysis of 29 studies conducted in nine countries. Most of the 2,964 participants reported a decrease in their symptoms, although some felt the impact was insignificant.
As a psychiatrist, I find the potential benefits of humor therapy in treating anxiety and depression quite promising. While more high-quality studies are needed to strengthen the evidence, the simplicity and feasibility of this complementary alternative therapy could offer clinicians, nurses, and patients an additional, accessible tool in addressing mental health challenges.
Dr Nathaniel Alexander Johnson, MD, Cure of Mind