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Effects of Music on the Psychopathology of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Ting, Sarah

Music has shown to be a powerful tool for both treating and enhancing the treatment of various mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. However, whether it can be a potential treatment method for patients with OCD is a topic to be explored in this following review article. OCD is a common psychiatric disorder that effects over 1% of the global population. Its symptoms can be debilitating and hence affect patients on multiple levels of their daily lives, including work, relationships, and physical health. The most common treatment methods remain to be antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). However, many patients fail to respond well to medication, while CBT poses challenges such as difficulties in reappraisal. In this article, I will explore how music can reduce the symptoms of OCD through reducing the hyperactivity of the association loop, reducing anxiety, and enhancing dopaminergic systems required for extinction learning.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Biobehavioral Sciences
Thesis Advisors
Noble, Kimberly G.
M.S., Teachers College, Columbia University
Published Here
October 10, 2019