Music Therapy for
If you’re living with MS and having emotional struggles,
you’re not alone
Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) can be challenging, and some people with MS will experience changes in emotional health, including anxiety and depression. If you’re having similar feelings, you should know that you’re not the only one.
- Studies show that as many as 50% of people with MS are at risk for depression — a higher rate than the general public
- You should never feel that you have to manage the emotional burden of MS alone. If you do feel anxious or depressed, be sure to discuss it with your MS healthcare team. One option they might suggest is music therapy—research suggests it may help improve depression, self-esteem, and anxiety.
If you experience emotional difficulties, reach out to your MS healthcare team and tell them how you’re feeling. If you don’t already have a counselor or therapist to speak to, your team should be able to recommend one.
“My MS has come
with healthy doses
of depression and anxiety…
to my life
that helps keep me motivated, invigorated, calm, reassured, excited, comforted, and empowered to face the unpredictable challenges of MS."
Lisa, professional pianist, horn player, music teacher, and writer; diagnosed with MS in 2005
Curious about music therapy?
Don’t worry about being a “musical”
person—just be yourself and enjoy!
We hope you enjoy the videos on this site. Please just remember that they’re not a substitute for individualized sessions with a credentialed music therapist.