PTSD MUSIC THERAPY

PTSD MUSIC THERAPY


  – Inside the doors
at the James J. Howard Clinic   in Brick, New Jersey,   you can hear
a few good notes being played.   [Playing Beethoven’s
“Ode to Joy”]   With viola in hand,
Dr. Mary Rorro   steps out of her
psychiatrist role   to bring a different type
of healing   to veterans with PTSD,
depression, and anxiety.   – I think music can be
very healing for patients   in different ways,
and it’s a way for the doctor   or the employee to show
compassion to vets,   and through giving the music,
there’s a nice interchange   that takes place,
and that in itself is healing   and can really help the patients
in their journey toward healing.   – More than 3 years,
I’ve been coming here,   and around the holidays,   Dr. Rorro would come
into the room.   I was part of a group,   and she would come in
and just start playing.   [Playing “Amazing Grace”]   She played “Amazing Grace,”
and that immediately   brought to mind a funeral
I attended in Howell Township.   It was the first guy
that got killed   in Monmouth County in Iraq–
Sergeant Curtin.   I’ll never forget his name,
and we were over in the church   in Howell Township.   It’s the end of the service.   The pipers started going
and the drums.   I thought the walls
were going to come down.   I never heard anything
like that in my life.   It really, really was moving.   That’s what “Amazing Grace”
did to me, and then from there,   it moved on to what I was
thinking about in the service,   from there over to what I was
doing in Japan and Korea.   – It can be transformative
for them in some ways   and then also brings
them to talk,   and sometimes they
speak about it   in their group therapy
afterwards, as well.   – A few good notes
is good therapy for Ron Salvo.   – Oh, it makes me feel great.   I went through a very bad time
with depression.   – Music is so instrumental
to Ron’s recovery   that he now plays along
with Dr. Rorro.   – If I’m not feeling that well,
if I’m kind of blue,   I pick up an instrument,
and it changes my attitude.   It changes the way I feel.   This was the best thing
that happened to me   when I first started
to come here.   I didn’t know how caring
these people are,   and I just love coming here.   Just the doctors are great.   The staff, oh, they’re
so respectful and nice.   So this is really a good thing
that happened to me.   Thank you.    

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