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Music can serve as therapy. Here's how it can help reduce anxiety.

By Raymond Leone

01 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. In recent research, music has been shown to have a profound effect on our physical and mental health, helping to reduce blood pressure, alleviate stress and trigger the release of dopamine—a neurotransmitter that affects our mood and sense of happiness.

Music can have a profound effect on us. It can improve our physical and mental health by helping to reduce blood pressure, alleviate stress and lead to a release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that affects our mood and sense of happiness, research shows.

As a music therapist working in a hospital, I use music to help reduce anxiety in patients. A review of 19 randomized controlled trials showed "an overall decrease in self-reported anxiety" among healthy individuals after listening to music, and a study I participated in found that a music therapy session resulted in positive outcomes for some patients.

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