Music Therapy effectively treats Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Music therapy has been used for several decades to treat various mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Music therapists trace their origins to helping World War II veterans recover from physical and mental wounds.
What Is PTSD, and How Do I Know If I Have It?
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused when someone experiences an extreme fear response after witnessing something terrifying, unusual, or upsetting. In 2015 alone, approximately three million people were diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the United States. It’s common for people who serve in the armed forces and emergency services to develop PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). If you think you have PTSD (or any mental health condition), don’t be afraid to ask for help from others qualified to treat this anxiety disorder!
Some people experience traumatic events but don’t develop any symptoms of PTSD or anxiety disorders at all. Not every person with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has experienced an actual life-threatening situation. In some cases, such as when someone dies suddenly, unexpectedly, or tragically, people may experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Most symptoms start soon after an accident, often within three months of the trauma. If symptoms persist for over a month after an event, they may qualify as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It may vary from person to person.
A physician specializing in treating patients with mental illness, like a psychiatrist or psychologist, may diagnose posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Some symptoms fall under one category but may be caused by another condition, including:
Reexperiencing (including flashbacks, hallucinations, and dreams of the event)
Avoidance (staying away from people, places, or things related to an unpleasant experience).
Excessive arousal (such as difficulty falling asleep or staying awake; feeling angry, irritated, anxious, restless, agitated, hyperactive, jittery, or easily startled;
Negative emotions (like anger, sadness, fear, etc.)
How Can Music Therapy be An Effective Treatment For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
After any traumatic experience, it’s normal for people to feel anxious, depressed, angry, sad, or confused. Suppose the symptoms persist for over a month, severely impact one’s functioning, and aren’t caused by underlying conditions such as substance abuse or mental health issues. In that case, they could be diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may not experience any symptoms at first. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is generally associated with anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, phobias, OCD, social anxiety, agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety disorder.
Research has shown that music therapy can provide:
A nonverbal outlet for emotional expression
Reduction in anxiety and stress
Improvement in emotional state and mood
Empowerment for the client
Improved physiological changes (better blood pressure, heart rate, etc.)
Opportunity for sharing and connecting with friends/loved ones
A safe place for self-expression
Music therapy effectively treats Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, and various anxiety problems. Music can stimulate neurons in the brain, which allows them to grow and develop better connections. Music can’t erase old memories, but music might be able to give you some new perspectives on things.
If you’re interested in learning more about how music therapy might help you cope with trauma or any other issue, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Musical Healing is an Effective Treatment For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Music therapy is an Effective Treatment For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It can be life-changing. It causes physical, mental, sensory, and emotional impairments. Evidence suggests music therapy may be effective at treating PTSD.
Music affects our emotional state by triggering different feelings that influence our moods. Music also stimulates our emotions. It forces us to think about how music makes us feel, whether happy or sad.
Music has been shown to stimulate injured nerves. Music may help people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) access their traumatic experiences and heal them.