ADHD For Music Therapy
If you know someone (or even if you) have been diagnosed with ADHD, has music therapy for treating symptoms been considered? There are many people that believe music to be extremely powerful for stimulating or relaxing the brain. The body of literature that documents the power of music in treating people with behavioral and emotional disorders continues to increase as more people acknowledge this fact.
One example of an emotional condition which responds positively to musica therapy is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome).
Music and Its Structure
Studies have shown that those children with ADHD were found to have an increased ability to focus and a reduced tendency to become hyperactive after undergoing music therapy.
A music therapist named Kirsten Hutchinson explained that music helps regulate the brain of a person with ADHD and reduces its difficulty to stay in a linear path. This can be due to the fact that music is made up of structure. It consists of definite patterns that tell ADHD individuals where to start and where to end.
This pattern helps those who are affected with ADHD to come up with a specific plan, to anticipate what may occur next and to react appropriately to situations.
Music Increases Dopamine Levels
The person’s attention, motivation and working memory are all regulated by dopamine and listening to music would help increase the levels of this neurotransmitter. Unfortunately, those who are diagnosed with ADHD were also found to have very low levels of dopamine.
A brain imaging device shows that music has the power to light up the person’s right and left lobes of the brain and music therapy aims to develop these activated brain muscles so that the person will be able to achieve overall improvement in the way the brain functions.
Music Therapy Improves Social Skills
- Through music therapy, individuals with ADHD are being taught to compose collaborative songs and participate in an ensemble.
- These activities help develop their ability to listen, anticipate changes, take turns and respond to different cues.
- It is during music therapy that they will be given the chance to do all of these without the fear of being discriminated or humiliated which makes it easier for them to participate.
Music therapy brings people to a realization that each voice and each instrument play a crucial role to make the “orchestra” play harmoniously.
Music for Relieving Anxiety
Music is one great relief for anxiety and this fact has already been existing for so many years. It does not take to much thought to understand just how powerful music is in providing relief to people afflicted with anxiety or ADHD.
Through the calming effects of music, children or adults with ADHD will be able to focus more on whatever they do. Plus music therapy provides a non-threatening atmosphere and this makes children with ADHD respond better all throughout the therapy session.
Music therapy is just one treatment, there are other natural remedies for ADHD.
Have you seen results of music therapy with treating ADHD? If so please let me know in the comments or talk to me below!