Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 05, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that art therapy can help mental health patients manage their symptoms and regain a sense of self-worth.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/does-this-therapy-heal-the-soul) notes, treating mental health issues can be a complex process. Trying to coordinate with the doctor to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress symptoms through medication is a process of trial and error. Patients might find themselves searching for alternative ways to feel better other than taking medication. Now, a new health study out of the U.K. shows that art therapy is an effective treatment for mental health symptoms.
As the article “Does This Therapy Heal the Soul?” reports, researchers at Brunel University set up a two-year project, enrolling eight people suffering from long-term mental health problems to participate. The art therapy program was simple: each participant selected a piece of professional artwork and then responded to it in a personal and creative way. Along the way, the participants collected their finished works of art and helped to curate a public exhibition. The general public was encouraged to connect and respond to the original artwork in the show.
According to the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, the research team then interviewed the participants to see how they were feeling. What they discovered about the art therapy program was quite impressive. The participants reported that their sense of self-worth greatly improved and the routine brought stability. They felt like they “belonged” somewhere and felt liberated from some of their mental health labels. No longer were any of them the person who suffered from depression or who experienced panic attacks. Now they felt like artists with something to say. The participants also acquired skills in managing their own mental health issues.
The article states that there was one downside to the art therapy program, and that was that patients felt anxious about the end of the program, feeling they would no longer have access to its healing benefits.
(SOURCE: Lawson, J., et al., “‘It’s like having a day of freedom, a day off from being ill’: Exploring the experiences of people living with mental health problems who attend a community-based arts project, using interpretative phenomenological analysis,” J. Health Psychol. March 21, 2013.)
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