The Impact Of Music Therapy On Mental Health
Here's how music can improve your mental health!
Active music listening engages the neocortex of our brain, which calms down the person
- Music therapy studies the expression of emotions through music
- The therapy, on average, lasts for a period of 8 to 10 sessions
- It helps in the cases of dementia, depression, insomnia, and autism
What is music therapy?
Music therapy utilizes the ability of humans to connect to music to alleviate their emotional well-being. It also facilitates positive changes in the communication between the client and the therapist through live musical interaction along with improving self-confidence. It makes one more empathetic towards the needs of others while generating a sense of self-awareness.
How does it help?
Music therapy is diverse as a wide range of musical styles and instruments, including the voice, can be used, with improvisation always being encouraged in every step. Lyric analyses make one dive deeper and seek insight on the foundations of correlation which feels less invasive than talk therapy. Active music listening engages the neocortex of our brain, which calms down the person and also reduces impulsivity. Song writing gives the patient an opportunity for introspection and reflection while engaging with their creative side that gives them a sense of fulfillment. Many more interventions like these exist in music therapy that are highly beneficial to people with mental illnesses.
What happens during the music therapy?
Initially the patients are given the access to a range of musical instruments while being digitally recorded. This is to study their expression of emotions.
The therapy focuses on the patient and the therapist creating music together. The therapist engages with the patient, and guides and enhances the musical experience.
In this the therapist listens carefully to the patient's music and at the expression of emotion in musical terms. Then the therapist offers opportunities to extend or vary the nature of the musical interaction.
The therapy, on average, lasts for a period of 8 to 10 sessions.
Given below are the effects of music therapy on individual conditions:
Depression: With statistics showing the grave rise of clinically depressed people per year, people ought to consider music therapy to help treat this ailment. Along with long lasting effects, music therapy may increase responsiveness with the antidepressants medications. Evidence also suggests that music therapy may lead to reductions in heart rate, respiratory rates, blood pressure, and depressed mood.
Autism: A heightened interest and response to music is shown by people who have autism spectrum disorders which may aid the teaching of verbal and non-verbal communication skills and in establishing normal developmental processes.
Insomnia: Music therapy may result in better sleep quality with longer sleeping hours, less time required to fall asleep, less sleep disturbance, and less daytime dysfunction.
Schizophrenia: Despite inconsistent effects across studies, music therapy when used in conjunction with standard care, improved the global state, social functioning, and quality of life for patients with schizophrenia or schizophrenia like disorders, at least on a short to medium term basis.