Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be a tough condition to deal with for any individual. Commonly affecting war veterans in different parts of the world, the condition is also diagnosed in millions of adults and children who have faced some or the other form of traumatic event, such as sexual abuse, violence, family conflicts, etc.
Though, it is not mandatory that every individual who experiences a shocking or scary incident would develop PTSD, its symptoms generally begin to show within three months of experiencing a traumatic event. When a person experiences trauma, his or her body releases adrenaline in excess, which in turn triggers biochemical changes that affect the mind as well as the body of the individual.
In addition to affecting the hormones that control one’s reaction to danger and changing a person’s behavior, this adrenaline rush also affects the amygdale and the hippocampus in the brain. As a consequence, the process of forming memories, placing memories in the right place in the brain and recalling, are affected.
While medications and therapies are some of the commonly opted for traditional methods of treating PTSD, some unconventional and creative ways such as, music therapy, art therapy, equine therapy, etc., have also proven to be successful in the treatment of PTSD.
Music triggers chemical release
It has been rightly said that music soothes one’s soul and mind. But, the benefits of music can also be seen in healing one’s mental health disorders. Listening to music offers one a sense of safety and security as well as a sense of control over one’s own surroundings, body and mind. While a person dealing with PTSD feels relieved after listening to music, it can also help boost one’s self-confidence and empower him/her with positive thoughts.
Music benefits an individual by enabling the release of chemicals in the human brain. This helps distract one’s body and mind from the pain. Music encourages communication between the cortex and those parts of the brain that control memory, emotion and physical control.
However, it is important to remember that one should be very careful about the kind of music he/she listens to. For instance, isochronic tones, binaural beats, monoaural beats and songs with low pitch and steady beats can have a healing effect, whereas songs that have either spoken or sung words can cause anxiety.
Though music elicits a different response in each person, studies have proven that a certain type of music is more beneficial for PTSD patients. In a recent study, healthy participants were exposed to 5 minute stimulation periods of theta, alpha and gamma beat frequencies. It was observed that exposure to monoaural beat sessions reduced the levels of stress and anxiety.
There is hope
The United States Senate has declared the month of June as the PTSD Awareness Month. This month aims at spreading awareness about the mental health disorder and its effective treatments. So, this year, let’s work together and help people know more about the methods to cure PTSD including the unconventional ones.
If you know someone who is dealing with PTSD or any form of mental illness, Sovereign Health can help him or her connect with mental health facilities in California. Call our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online with one of our representatives to get complete information about our comprehensive mental health rehabilitation centers in California and other states of the U.S.