The Effects Of Music And Music Therapy On Mental Health

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The Effects of Music and Music Therapy on Mental Health
A Review of Studies Done “The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) defines music therapy as ‘an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals’” (Barnett & Shale, 2013, p.48). Music Therapy (MT) is shown to be able to help people with many different kinds of mental health problems such as anxiety, stress, and minor cases of depression. There have been many studies done showing that MT is an effective form of therapy that can improve someone’s overall Quality Of Life (QOL). MT is known as an alternative technique therapy. It is often used instead of, or along with, medication to produce a result in the patience who need it. MT involves all aspects of the music process, including listening to, writing, singing, and analyzing music. Overall MT addresses physical and emotional problems and is used to enhance the life and health of the patient. This review is simply to inform readers of the effects music and MT has on mental health, specifically:
1. The Effects of MT on Anxiety.
2. The Effects of MT on Stress.
3. The Effects of MT on Depression.
Music and Music Therapy (M & MT) are used to reduce everyday and operational anxiety, reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol, and even alleviate symptoms of minor depression such as thoughts of suicide, apathy, lack of concentration, and…
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