Music Therapy and Soldiers with PTSD

Check out the following Drexel News Blog article, “Can Music Therapy Help Soldiers with PTSD?” by Rachel Ewing reporting on the efficacy of music therapy.

Ewing reports on a study being conducted this year by Joke Bradt, PhD, an associate professor at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, and a board-certified music therapist. Many soldiers (both current and former) often experience the inability to regulate negative emotions, a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Bradt is interested in examining the effects of music listening on emotion regulation.

Bradt acknowledges that PTSD cannot be cured by music therapy alone, but the inability to manage emotions may be alleviated by using music to regulate breathing and using music as a source of distraction from unwanted stimuli.