Have You Tried Music Therapy to Help Your Mental Health?

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Have You Tried Music Therapy to Help Your Mental Health?

Music and music therapy help mental health (Music Therapy for Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders). Numerous research studies show it, as do countless individuals who might listen to music without even realizing that it’s a powerful mental health tool. Music speaks to us at a deep level, impacting what we feel, think, and do.

Accordingly, music plays an important role in healing from mental illness, trauma, grief, and more. It helps us create positive moods and build on those moods to increase mental health and wellbeing.

To reap the benefits of music, you can sing, dance, play an instrument, and listen. You can do these things informally on your own, and you can also participate in music therapy and work with a certified music therapist.

Music therapy involves more than if you use music on your own. Music therapists work with individuals or groups of all ages and backgrounds and use instruments or songs to help people express themselves, deal with overwhelming emotions, improve concentration, and more. Music therapy helps with bipolar disorder, the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), stress, and more.

Whether you participate in formal music therapy or use music on your own, music is a positive coping skill and tool for healing. Music and music therapy help mental health.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, September 18). Have You Tried Music Therapy to Help Your Mental Health?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 15 from

Last Updated: September 18, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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