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HARMONIZING EFFECT OF MUSIC ON THE PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM ANXIETY

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Author(s): Arya Ashwani | Parle Milind

Journal: International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy
ISSN 2229-3566

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 484;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Music Therapy | Anxiety | Cognition | Insomnia

ABSTRACT
Anxiety disorders refer to a collection of mental syndromes characterized by abnormally high levels of distress and avoidance associated with scenarios perceived as dangerous. Music is an ancient and universal feature across all human societies. The ability to appreciate music requires no special training. In view of above, we were interested to explore the beneficial effects of Music Therapy in managing anxiety. This research project was carried out at Gupta Hospital, Hisar with the kind co-operation of psychiatrist Dr. Narender Kumar Gupta MD. Forty indoor patients suffering from anxiety admitted at Gupta Hospital during the period from 1st January, 2008 to 31st July, 2008 served as research participants. Physiological parameters such as Blood Pressure (systolic/ diastolic), Pulse Rate (Beats/ minute), Body Temperature (0F) and EEG were observed before and after Music Therapy sessions. Music Therapy administered for five days evoked fall in blood pressure and heart rate close to normal values in patients, who showed hypertension and tachycardia at the time of admission into the hospital. EEG was found to be normal in all the patients under study before and after Music Therapy. Music allows the patient to refocus upon something more pleasant, diverting his or her attention from monotony of hospitalization. Music Therapy is recommended as a cheap, safe and effective non-pharmacological anxiolytic agent due to its effect on the perception of pain and anxiety.

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