A rapper from Bristol, Wayne Webster, has recently been reported by the BBC as explaining how music has helped him deal with his BPD and stopped him from harming himself. The rapper stated that by the age of 28 he realized ‘something wasn’t right’ with him and that he was not only hurting himself but hurting others around him as well. He also talked about how he learned to ‘rewire’ his brain and that music was the most important factor whilst going through that process.

Music Therapy:

Music therapy is an evidence-based therapy and a growing field often carried out by expert musicians who understand the effect of musical properties on how we feel, our mood, and our brain wave activity as well as how it can reduce feelings of pain and increase our speed of healing amongst other benefits (see below).

 

Music Therapy may include:

  • singing
  • drumming
  • dancing
  • songwriting
  • listening to music 
  • discussing music
  • making music

    According to THE MUSIC THERAPY CLINIC AALBORG UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, MusicTherapy can:

     

    • increase the ability to attach to others leading to a reduction in anxiety when relating to others and reduction in destructive thoughts and actions
    • improve psychosocial functioning
    • improve communication skills
    • improve implicit and explicit mentalization

    According To The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Music Therapy Has Also Been Shown To Help Children And Adolescents:

    • self-reflect
    • develop their communication skills
    • regulate (control) their emotions
    • develop their identity
    • recover from trauma

    Furthermore, According To The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Music Therapy Can Lead To A Number Of Physical Benefits That Include:

    • reduced heart rate
    • reduced blood pressure
    • reduced muscle tension
    • increased release of endorphins

    Music Therapy And BPD:

    Whilst those suffering from BPD have been seen as difficult to treat using Music Therapy, research by The Music Therapy Clinic Aalborg  University suggests that sometimes even the unstable and difficult clients benefit from treatment.

    Music Therapy, Trauma, And PTSD:

    Research conducted by Landis-Shack et al (2017) found evidence that Music Therapy may be useful for the relief of symptoms in those who have experienced trauma and/or are suffering from PTSD and it may also increase individuals’ levels of resilience. However, the researchers also point out the need for further research into this particular area of study.

    LINKS:

    BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC THERAPY

    AMERICAN  MUSIC THERAPY ASSOCIATION

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    REFERENCES:

    American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Music therapy with specific populations: Fact sheets, resources & bibliographies.

    N, Heinz AJ, Bonn-Miller MO. Music Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress in Adults: A Theoretical Review. Psychomusicology. 2017;27(4):334-342. doi:10.1037/pmu0000192

     

    David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).