Greater Good: Concetta Tomaino Uses Music to Treat Brain Injury

♪ Blame your kiss as sweet as a kiss can be- ♪ >>> I was diagnosed with PTSD, just having a hard time emotionally mentally I was, I had been traumatized a couple of times by different things

I said I'm not going to continue with this There's no reason for me to continue to live, because I have no reason to I want out >>> A large number of veterans struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury Music therapist Concetta Tomaino saw a way to use her expertise to help them recover

We visited one of her weekly healing music programs and spoke with some veterans about their experience >>> In the beginning when we started the group it was a true music therapy group It had allotted therapy golds, working on self-regulation, emotional resiliency, trust of other people But it's really at this point a way of supporting their self expression, their creativity, and giving them a purpose to get out every day and to be part of the community >>> I was really sad

I had nothing and the music just ignited something and the people ♪ [ singing together ] ♪ >>> A person with PTSD is sort of bombarded by a lot of different thoughts and intrusions about their safety and about their belonging and it can cause some people severe anxiety It becomes something that's sort of ringing in the back of your head You know am I safe? Is this ok? Am I in a safe place? you know how can I be sure? let me make sure Or just a lot of avoidance of different things

>>> There is often a real detachment between their feelings or the ability to really be in touch with their feelings And can heal or you can't recover, if you don't know whether what it is that's blocking you And so many times those emotions that are inherently expressed in the music can be used as a catalyst for discussion and bringing those personal feelings up to the surface >>> I think the best way to find out if there’s something wrong with you is admit you have a problem Face the idea that you're not there anymore, that was in the past

So long as you know that when you hear firecrackers for Fourth of July it's going to bring it back But you know what it is, you know how to deal with it ♪ I see clouds of blue- red roses – ♪ >>> You might not be cured never put you always can always treat it and you can always act if you don't let it beat you You beat it see And music help me to fight it, I know this

>>> We saw memory improvements, we saw attention improvements control over emotional regulation which is big, being more tolerant of others, which is big, so all of those kinds of gradual really slow little steps of improvement that over time became major steps of recovery Even if somebody misses a session the other participants will call them up to see how they're doing it's that kind of it's grown into that kind of support system >>> All I can think now is that life is worth living sometimes You just have to find the right connection Like right now, I'm not connected with my family at all, but there's an ember in my heart for myself and other people

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