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Music Therapy For PTSD

Music Therapy For PTSD

we’re kicking things off with our story
of inspiration a veteran shares how music helps him with post-traumatic
stress disorder Ryan Shannon first joined the Navy
almost 10 years ago training to work as a Submariner I was really excited to
move my career long I was the first in my my family to join and I was just
excited to get there one day when the submarine he was serving on was docked
for upgrades of fire started on a nearby submarine Ryan rushed to help put it out
I remember pulling people out that I thought were dead nobody died that night
which was a miracle in itself the fire eventually was put out but after that
day Ryan began to notice some changes a fire truck would drive by the apartment
we were renting and I’m instantly out of my chair making sure they’re not going
to bake it there’s this weird subconscious fear that all right I’m
gonna have to go do this again you know it’s like hyper-vigilance you’re ready
to go Ryan was diagnosed with PTSD PTSD post-traumatic stress disorder is a
condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic
event they develop chronic symptoms intrusive thoughts of a traumatic event
this avoidant behavior such as you know kind of withdrawing from from social
situations withdrawing from people avoiding certain situations that remind
you of what happens also you know negative alterations in mood when we’re
as clinicians looking to provide a diagnosis of PTSD these symptoms that I
mentioned do have to persist for at least a month and just started getting
worse and where it’s more story I didn’t want to be that version of me anymore I
wanted to be the old version of me so the only change I could see is the thing
about suicide and things it’s not me you know this is a treatable
condition we can reduce symptoms to the extent that people can return to
something that looks very close to their baseline of functioning Ryan worked
closely with his medical team but ultimately also found that listening to
music was making a big difference when he struggled I can throw this song on and I connect
with it and I it pulls me back out of it and then I take my headphones off and I
can stand up again and I can go to the store now and I can go to hang out with
my kids here to play in the backyard Ryan began to utilize music to motivate
himself to get back to exercising and his regular routine the change was a
noticeable one I found I was motivating myself to get off the couch and to get
moving my PTSD triggers were happening things like that I was finding that
music was behind everything to make that stuff go away you know
PTSD is something that you know the behaviors related to it actually isolate
people and therapy even adjunct therapies and alternative complementary
therapy approaches will actually help people expand that sphere of
connectedness which is really important to combating PTSD while some other
health issues led to the end of Ryan’s military career he knew he wanted to
continue serving others I think that’s where the the seed was planted for for
the music our explanation that’s what I’m trying to do is help people manage
it our goals and our mission is to provide free musical instruments free
professional tutoring or technique if you already have an instrument and then
free music going experiences occasionally words don’t do justice to
describing or expressing a person’s reaction to a traumatic experience and
sometimes the expressive therapies music therapy for instance can be a very
important conduit for that person to really start exploring their reactions
to a traumatic event or a series of traumatic events through his foundation
Ryan hopes others living with PTSD will be able to find therapeutic value in
music just as he did I save one person from if I can send somebody to their
favorite bands concert and they don’t have to think about anything for that
night except for being there and then I’ve done what I came to do you
know and I’m telling you right here as somebody who’s been to that that
blackness and there is a light and you can get to the light if you or someone
you know is struggling with PTSD and is having suicidal thoughts you can reach
the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at one eight hundred to seven three
eight two five five

32 thoughts on “Music Therapy For PTSD


  2. I am so happy to hear that Ryan was able to find a therapeutic use of music to help him overcome the challenges his PTSD presented! However, this is not music therapy. The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as follows:

    "Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program."

    While music therapists appreciate and encourage the use of music in therapeutic ways, we strive to educate our communities on the difference between therapeutic music experiences and Music Therapy. Music Therapy is an established health profession, and must be implemented by a Board Certified Music Therapist, much like physical therapy is implemented by a Physical Therapist. MT-BC's (Music Therapist-Board Certified) do work with veterans and individuals diagnosed with PTSD. In fact, music therapy is an offered service at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. If you wish to find a music therapist in your area, you can search here:

  3. I feel like music is an art that we are all gifted with it’s just hard to achieve cuz no one like to give credit and listen even me 👻

  4. I have ptsd from my military service. I can completely relate to him. I use the headphones to do just as he said. I have seen a musical therapist at the va and one more time the VA and psychology misses the point. You have to have help in the moment you need it. Horses, cows, music on headphones and the crises line sometimes are how I live with very severe ptsd. I have tried many programs and this and that and all it does is rile me up, amp me up. Music chills me out. I am the cool guy I used to be for a while and it really is lasting for a while. When my headphones are on my kids love to come and be hugged and jump on me. I wish so wish I could be that guy all the time. But that was the price of freedom and I pay it every night and every day along with so many others who served. Never Forget us!

  5. I have it too, I kept on listening to certain music at times, so when those types of music didn’t work, believe it or not, I don’t listen to Black Metal, then I tune to Immortal’s second album, the texture of the music has helped me since.

  6. I totally agree that was my first steps – music and art to healing myself after traumatic experiences I had in my life , it keeps me going and motivated , also finding and talking with people who went through it too ,supporting each other and sharing time and ideas to heal better and to realize you are not alone , you can get better and heal , even if I know some things can't be erased from the memories now I know how to deal with it and parcially forget and try start fresh new happier life with hope for the future

  7. Had a recent earthquake in my country. Measuring 6.1 magnitude. Happened April 22. I still can't get over it. It's bothering me alot until now. I share a bed with my mother and a simple movement made by her felt like some small earthquake. I get anxious usually when that happens or the wind fan blows the chandelier chyme that hangs on it, it's like I feel an earthquake. I'm 10 years old and I try my best to get over with it. I also feel "scared" when I'm alone at home or downstairs/upstairs. But for real that earthquake felt like it changed my life and attitude.

  8. As they said,Ryan worked closely with His medical team AND found music to be very helpful in helping him to come back to living life again.A strong component to the therapy process indeed.Bravo Ryan for starting a foundation to help others recover also. May God Bless you much.👍good video

  9. I don't think this will be a long term fix without proper counseling for the problem. Yes talking about it helps a bit, but you must find a way to change the way your mind is working, I've been trying for over 30 years to get past my childhood and still struggle with PTSD.

  10. Thanks to my Islamic religion, I can just say The Spell (not gonna tell you) to get those dark thoughts out of my mind.

  11. I guess stuff works different for some people because if you try to play me classical music when I'm having a nervous breakdown I'm going to punch you right in the face.

  12. Ptsd is not just with military, I've had it for several years. I use music for temporary relief. It has not cured me, I have been exposed to many traumatic events. I've tried some therapy, but too no avail, I'm living with it everyday. Suicide has been in my thoughts but I know there is a way out of this, I haven't found it yet.

  13. Helps to a certain degree, but I love "angry" music Hatebreed being one my favs m/
    So now I enjoy watching 4k videos of nature and marine animals…. both fishes and "The Pacific" on Amazon Prime

  14. If you are struggling with the anxiety (general and social), fear, panic attacks, intrusive thoughts and depression then Please, Please Smoke a fat joint and you will see a Major difference in your life.
    I smoke weed (THC) , take CBD
    Meditate, do yoga, Run, eat healthy and go to therapy once a week.
    No more suicidal thoughts.
    I pray for all of you who are going thru this.

  15. I learned in therapy that of course music helps so does drawing. I was first diagnosed bipolar2, then went to another psych doctor finally diagnosed PTSD, shortly after that I ended up divorced.

  16. music does help some especially trying to focus on work it also helps talking on them and feeling shameful when people look at u and ask u what did u say? i start to sing and shake my head

  17. Not the same things but I have really bad social and general anxiety. I get really bad panic attacks and I can't breath or keep my balance. Listening to music makes it possible to give me the courage to go outside.

  18. Hello, I work for Texas Woman's University in the Disability Services for Students office. One of our professors is using the following video as a part of their curriculum. Can you either upload accurate captions to this video to make them accessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people viewing the video, or will you give me permission to caption the video so that we can get this video captioned before the start of the fall semester? We are not able to use the auto-generated captions as they are not ADA-compliant. I am more than happy to share the caption file with you if permission is granted. Thank you

  19. Have used music for years for ptsd for me has worked unknowingly not understanding that i had this disorder ! My memories are attached to different songs which now has pulled me back into reality ! Remembering who i was again!

  20. You know folks WHY we don't get cured? It's one simple answer: social stigma that leads to poverty and isolation! IF we lived in a world, where telling somone "Listen, I need money for a living, but I have some limited ability to work in a "convential" way, would you hire me to work for you, but I could have more freedom in how I do it?" was OK, we would get healed more quickly. If we wouldn't live in a fear that someone will ask us about what we are doing for a living (when we're unemployed because of PTSD), if we would feel understood and accepted for who we are, we wouldn't suffer so much.
    I've noticed I never had a panic attack when I am surrounded with people who know about my PTSD and accept me. I realized that's the key to me. Maybe it's also a key for you.
    If I were a super rich person, I would start a business and hire only people with PTSD. They could earn money, but also feel free. They would earn money for the effects of their job, not for how and in what time they do it. It's my little dream, to help people like me. To give us all a chance we deserve. Because we don't have a "mental health issue" , as my friend said : "We are completely disillusioned about life. We don't have a false sense of safety. We already experienced "the worst". We know the bare reality. We met the dark side of it. Not it's time to meet the good side of it.".

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