Art Therapy: Finding Joy in Life, the Colourful Way

According to a 2014 report by World Health Organization, one-fourth of the global population is at risk of developing some mental health challenges in their lifetime. Furthermore, since the advent of the Coronavirus Pandemic, more people have been forced to confront their fears and grievances, often without the support or comfort of a loved one. Clearly, there is an urgent need to provide people with the right support, particularly therapy.

Recently, one particular form of therapy known as “Art Therapy” has become quite popular. So here’s everything you need to know about it!

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What exactly is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is a healing process wherein art is used as a medium to help people express their thoughts and emotions better. It’s rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and boost people’s psychological wellness. It’s predominantly used to treat psychological disorders and enhance mental health.

The best part about it is that it’s relevant for everyone regardless of age and gender and doesn’t require any skill or experience with art. It can help people with dementia, autism, learning disorders, anxiety, stress, terminal illness, and PTSD. It’s also used to boost the mindset of those in prisons and detention centers.

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What are its types?

Art Therapy is present in multiple forms such as collage-making, carving, pottery, doodling, scribbling, painting, sculpting, and textiles.

How effective is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy has been found to help people who have experienced trauma as well as cancer patients who are able to see the positive side of life. It has also been found to reduce depression in orphans and people living in old-age homes. However, it has been found to be ineffective in helping those diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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Art has always been an effective medium to express thoughts and emotions. Incorporating it into therapy has resulted in mostly positive and effective results, as this article has stated. So, stop pondering and give Art Therapy a shot. Bring color into your life!

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Authored By: Suha

Edited By: Akanksha Mallick