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Music Therapy and ADD, ADHD

Music is an incredibly powerful form of expression.  It combines both words and sound to deliver a message.  Certain songs that one hears on the radio can trigger specific memories in one's mind.  There is no doubt, there is a strong connection between music and our feelings.

Through my experiences in therapy, I very quickly realized that people simply do not like to sit down and just begin pouring their hearts out to someone they don't even know.  It was for this reason that I began to draw upon my own experiences, and discovered a very powerful technique that allows me to use music, something people already listen to and identify with, as a way to help people heal.

Here, I am going to look specifically at how music can be used to help those who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Various songs by Sugarcult :

This punk band delivers music that is very fast and frantic.  The lead singer has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and this music is one way he expresses himself.


Soon Defy, by Freudian Slip (Alternative/Rock) :

In this song the artist sings about the difficulty of staying on track and making the right decisions.  No matter how many times you practice the right thing to do, in the heat of the moment, you end up making the wrong choice.  This song is included in Utilizing Music as a Coping Skill : Featuring the Music of Freudian Slip

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Musical styles such as punk and techno, with their aggressive and fast nature have been found to be very helpful for those with ADHD / ADD