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Using Music Therapeutically During COVID-19

May 29, 2020
Contributed by: Jay Erlich  
 
We are living in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 global pandemic. As Canadians, we are working in essential services or self-isolating. Both situations carry with them enormous anxiety. I have been coping with this pandemic by using music to reduce adverse mental health symptoms. My life will actually be better after the pandemic than before, thanks to the daily inclusion of using music therapeutically in my life. My goal with this article is to share my experience with using music therapeutically, in hopes you may benefit and improve the quality of your life. Let me tell you what I mean.
 
A major stress during the pandemic is that it is hard for families to not spend physical time with each other. There is uncertainty about when some of us will get back to work. There is anxiety about going to a grocery store or pharmacy given the fear that you might get sick with Covid-19. Understandably, we all want the end of the...
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Music Therapy, Mental Health, and University Students

Apr 13, 2020

Written by: Naomi Frazer    and Anjali Behal 

Prevalence

 Mental health issues are incredibly prevalent in the post-secondary student population and are only expected to continue rising. In Ontario alone, mental health disabilities in post-secondary students has increased by over 50% since 2013 (1). In fact, youth aged 15-24 are the most at-risk group for mental illness and substance abuse disorders (2). Student mental health is a diverse issue which not only affects the institutions that students are situated at, but society as a whole (1). Mental health disorders can impact an individual’s ability to work and contribute to the economy, in addition to increasing health expenditures and straining social services (1). Mental health issues often lie hand-in-hand with physical health concerns, as people with mood disorders are much more likely to also develop a long-term physical health condition, and vise-versa (2). Consequently, we can see that directing...

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Music Therapy & Anxiety

Mar 20, 2020

What is Anxiety? 

We often hear words like “anxiety” being thrown around in daily conversations that we engage in or even in discussions we overhear. It is important to properly understand what anxiety is before exploring the role of music therapy for anxiety. Anxiety can be an emotional response to certain stressful situations which may cause worry.1 Commonly, individuals may experience some anxiety when they are about to take an important test, for example.1 This can be classified as state anxiety, because the anxiety is brought on by a specific situation and normally subsides when that situation is no longer present.2 However, anxiety can be more than just an occasional expected emotional response. Anxiety Disorder occurs when a person feels anxious but the feeling does not dissipate and can get worse, sometimes to the point where it interferes with daily life such as relationships, jobs, and work.1 Individuals who present with Anxiety Disorder commonly have...

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Effectiveness of Music Therapy on Pediatric Postoperative Distress

Jul 09, 2019

 By: Jihyun Sung

As a student of health sciences specializing in child health, as well as an avid disciple of classical music performance, I found myself gravitating toward the field of music therapy during my undergraduate years. It was a perfect intersection between healthcare and music, and led me to do my senior year thesis project on it. The topic of the project, What is the effectiveness of music therapy on pediatric postoperative distress?, encompassed all of my passions; music, healthcare, and child health. Part of my project was conducting a systematic literature review on this topic.

The systematic literature review posed as a challenge from the start, because of how often academic literature used music medicine and music therapy interchangeably. It seemed that regardless of the geographic region, the study design, or the purpose of music therapy interventions, the term “music therapy” was frequently used to describe passive music listening, which is music...

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