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Source: Indian Express

Music therapy in treating common mental disorders

You may not always find a friend who will hear you out, console you, or know exactly what is it like to walk a mile in your shoes. But when all things fail, you can always fall back on music. With the power to change your entire perception of reality and life, we have all, at different points in our lives, turned to music for jubilation, solace, and even to relax. According to the latest research in medical science, music is slowly helping us discover the positive impact on the human brain and psychology, to the extent that it can be used as an alternative therapy in treating many mental disorders.

Music interventions have proved to help patients with mental disorder, here are those six common disorders where music has played its role.

How many times have we all put on some music, or dosed off while the music continues to play in the background. When nothing works better than some ‘white noise’ to lull a restless mind to sleep. However, insomnia is more than just the odd night you can’t fall asleep – it is a clinical disorder. Nevertheless, music therapy has been observed to benefit patients of insomnia in more ways than one – by increasing the number of hours of undisturbed sleep, improving the quality of sleep, and shortening the time it take for an individual to fall asleep.
Insomnia Music therapySource: Indian Express

This one, too, should come as no surprise, since everybody uses music to manipulate their ‘mood’ and state of mind on a daily basis. But what is interesting to note is that music can actually have tangible effects on the body physiology, such as lowered heart rate, lowered blood pressure, lower stress levels even. Not only that, the efficacy of antidepressants has been shown to be improved if supplemented with music therapy for the concerned patient.
Depression Music therapySource: Hans India

It has been observed in patients who were prescribed standard care supplemented by music therapy that the cognitive decline associated with dementia was slowed. The extent of decrease in brain function was also controlled. Most importantly, music provides patients of dementia with an alternative method of communication as well as aids them in learning how to communicate verbally.
Dementia Music therapySource: Stock photo

Alzheimer’s Disease
Music has a similar effect on patients of Alzheimer’s disease as it does on that of Dementia. Music therapy has been observed to control and limit aggressive behaviour, mood swings and outbursts. Music therapy helps to cooperate better with their care-givers in order to complete daily tasks and chores (as the music keeps them in calmer states of mind).
Alzheimer music therapySource: Nelive

As a disorder, autism sets in earlier than most mental disorders. However, music has been found to have a positive effect in reducing risk factor of the disease, owing to its benefits in early brain development in new-born children. In autistic patients, music therapy has been observed to help aid in better focus and concentration such that daily chores are completed in an orderly fashion. It also helps patients learn and adapt to both verbal and non-verbal communication.
Autism music therapySource: Indian Express

Music therapy has tremendously benefited patients of schizophrenia. From encouraging patients to better express, identify and remember people, places and things, music therapy also allows schizophrenia patients to feel safe. It also helps them carry on with their work and improve their social skills. Also, music therapy puts them in a positive state of mind, thereby improving the patients’ response to pharmacological drugs.

schizophrenia music therapySource: Huffpost[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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