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Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Music Therapy

Written by sshowalter, MRosenthal.

The American Music Therapy Association states that "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."1

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • promote wellness
  • manage stress
  • alleviate pain
  • express feelings
  • enhance memory
  • improve communication
  • promote physical rehabilitation.
  • Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings.

Historically, music has been used to provide relief and relaxation for many centuries but began in its modern-day form after WWI.

Effect of Music Therapy on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Music Therapy is often used to help calm a person's mental and emotional state.63

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Research Evidence on Music Therapy

One study tested the effects of music therapy on terminally ill patients and found that it helped to reduce anxiety.63

Music therapy can be used in conjunction with medications, as a means to reduce the amount of medication taken or even to serve as the primary method for treating depression.1


  1. American Music Therapy Association. Frequently Asked Questions. Accessed on July 15, 2010 from
  2. Horne-Thompson A, Grocke D. The effect of music therapy on anxiety in patients who are terminally ill. J Palliat Med. 2008;11:582-590.

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