Music as a Catalyst for Altered States of Consciousness and Peak Experiences in the Treatment of Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD
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Abstract This paper investigates the therapeutic uses of altered states of consciousness (ASC) and peak experiences (PE) for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the ways in which music can be used to facilitate or enhance these experiences. ASC’s and PE’s can help uncover hidden or repressed unconscious material and potentially change the way an individual views and interacts with his or her world. In cases of people suffering from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), these emotional, cognitive, and perceptual changes have been shown to have sometimes profound and long- lasting therapeutic effects, resulting in reduced symptoms and improved quality of life. Two methods for inducing ASC’s and PE’s, psychopharmacology and Guided Imagery and Music, are discussed in a review of clinical literature from the last six decades of research, and presented as emerging alternatives to existing conventional therapeutic interventions. Implications for future collaboration between these two modalities are also discussed.
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Battles, Paul, "Music as a Catalyst for Altered States of Consciousness and Peak Experiences in the Treatment of Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD" (2018). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 89.
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