ADHD and Music Therapy Options #musictherapy #adhd

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Many research has proven that there are non-drug therapy options for ADHD patients. This continuous effort to the treatment of ADHD can be considered a breakthrough for science and is a great relief for both parents and children suffering from the learning disorder. Treatment for ADHD should be more than prescribing medications but rather digging deep within physiological roots like the brain (the supreme authority of body organs). It is freedom for parents to not feel the frustration when medications do not work effectively and a liberation for children with ADHD to be free from the discriminating society who is extremely biased with psychological disorders.

According to history records, music has played a vital role in healing techniques. In the Biblical perspective, it was David who used music therapy as he played harp to free King Saul from a bad spirit. Socrates also utilized music therapy for his clinical patients. In the early century, hospitals in the Middle East region provided music rooms for their patients while native Americans made use of musical chants and rituals for healing patients, too. In the UK, doctors used music therapy to heal soldiers from their emotional disturbance and trauma especially those who came from war battles. Music therapy has always been a part of the clinical practices in providing inner healing and eliminating psychological  strain of patients.

For instance, Rock Music helps keep the brain stimulated. Dr. Thomas Armstrong, in his book on ADHD mentioned that children with this kind of learning disorder became less active in behavior when presented with rock music. He further explained that such consequence is possible because rock music dominates the brain thereby, diverting the child’s attention on a certain task rather than get distracted all at the same time. On the other hand, Mozart-type of music has been the topic of many research as well. It was even recommended in some research that pregnant women should make their babies in the womb listen to classical music to improve cognitive functioning. For ¬†children with ADHD, the Mozart effect leads them to a calm disposition which aids in building up concentration and focus as well.

On the whole. whether rock or classical music, science has proven that music is beneficial to children with ADHD. It brings positive effect to mood, behavior and learning. Music therapy sparks a certain hope for children with ADHD to perform better in the classroom and eventually recover from the behaviorally distracting condition.


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