Music Therapy for ADHD

Have you heard about Music therapy? It can be used for all kinds of conditions to help eleveate symptoms and to aid in retraining or changing your brain! True or not? I’m not a brain scientist but it tends to work with children with Autism (which is apparently a similar condition medically and so should be treated similarly) it is also said to help with people with depression and anxiety (another group ADHDers are compared to).

This kind of Music therapy is known as brainwave entrainment. You can find more information on this from wikipedia. Here is a short summary on one kind of treatment using binaural beats:

Binaural beats
When the perceived beat frequency corresponds to the delta, theta, alpha, beta, or gamma range of brainwave frequencies, the brainwaves entrain to or move towards the beat frequency.

For example, if a 315 Hz sine wave is played into the right ear and a 325 Hz one into the left ear, the brain is entrained towards the beat frequency 10 Hz, in the alpha range. Since alpha range is associated with relaxation, this has a relaxing effect, or if in the beta range, more alertness. 

Frequency Wave Usually associated with:
> 40 Hz Gamma waves Higher mental activity, including perception, problem solving, fear, and consciousness
13–39 Hz Beta waves Active, busy or anxious thinking and active concentration, arousal, cognition, and or paranoia
7–13 Hz Alpha waves Relaxation (while awake), pre-sleep and pre-wake drowsiness, REM sleep, Dreams
8–12 Hz Mu waves Mu rhythm, Sensorimotor rhythm
4–7 Hz Theta waves Deep meditation/relaxation, NREM sleep
< 4 Hz Delta waves Deep dreamless sleep, loss of body awareness

You can find more information at What is Music Therapy? on the Australian Music Therapy Association website. You can also find a Music Therapist if this is something you are interested in trying on the right hand side of the page.

Useful links:
Brain Training and ADHD
Alternative therapy for ADHD

Related posts:
Online help – my experience
Videos on ADHD