“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life
to everything” ― Plato. Music truly is special. There are all different kinds of music- such as: rock, classical, country, pop etc. Music is one of the few universal tools that can affect people of all ages, ethnicities, sexualities, socio-economic statuses, as well as health conditions. In this article, I will be discussing the utilization of music therapy for people who have undergone Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”).
Music therapy has been used as a therapeutic tool to facilitate healing among diverse clinical populations. PTSD is a condition that is characterized by persisting symptoms of traumatic memory intrusions, emotional disturbance, avoidance and hyperarousal. There is evidence that displays that human beings with distress exposure and PTSD may in fact obtain benefits from music therapy. “In a study, music therapy was utilized as a tool for addressing symptoms of PTSD. Imperative empirical studies are also showcased that support the theoretical assessment. Some of these studies include: cognitive, social, and neurobiological mechanisms (for example: anxiety reduction, increased pleasure, community building as well as emotion regulation). It is said that music therapy promotes the effectiveness as a treatment for people suffering with PTSD.
It is concluded that music therapy may be a helpful therapeutic tool to reduce symptoms and improve functioning among individuals with trauma exposure and PTSD. Additionally, music therapy may aid to advance resilience and engage humans who struggle with stigma associated with searching for professional help” (Music therapy for posttraumatic stress in adults: A theoretical review).
I am an immense fan of music. Ever since I was little, I would love to sing, dance and listen to music. It has always resonated with me. When I was small, my dad used to play classical music for me. Also, my grandparents would take me to the ballet and I would hear classical music there. When I got older, I started listening to pop music and eventually getting into country. My sister and her fiancé are vast country fans. They may have inspired me to get into country music. What I love about country music is the uplifting spirt and positive words. The music is not about partying. A few of my favorite country artists currently include: Carrie Underwood, Russel Dickerson and Darius Rucker.
If I am ever having a stressful day, or merely for pleasure- I listen to my favorite country artists. They help to inspire me to continue to live a positive, healthy lifestyle. When I was in elementary, middle, high school as well as my first year in college- I used to dance. Dancing is a wonderful form of expression as well as great exercise! Unfortunately, I stopped dancing when I was at the end of my first year at SUNY Binghamton. I loved to dance so much. And if I can say so myself-was a terrific dancer. I found great pleasure in moving to the beat of the music. However, when I took ballet in high school, I found it difficult to remember the choreographed pieces. Maybe because I had so much going on in school with essays, tests, college applications etc. It was difficult for me to completely focus.
What I love most about music is that it brings people together. Individuals from all around the world connect through songs. We all share that common love for the arts (whether we realize it or not). I am fortunate enough that I attend a school for the arts. Even though I do not take any dancing classes at the moment, I listen to music on a daily basis (on speakers, and/or headphones). What I would like to know is, what do YOU like most about music?
Arielle Joselson is a student at Purchase College, State University of New York. Arielle’s major is Communications with a minor in Psychology. She loves reading, writing, animals and stepping up! Arielle is so excited to be a part of the Step Up team.