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Art therapy: Another way to help manage pain
- By: Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
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My wife of forty plus years suddenly died within hours of being taken to the ER, which left me absolutely unprepared about how to deal with it. I lost concentration on my academic/professional work but could easily resume my hobby of doing IPad drawing, which I shared on my Facebook. It helped me a lot in coming to terms with intense grief, both as a means of mental diversion and a way of connecting with sympathizing FB followers and friends.
I am looking for an art therapist in my area. Inlive in Halifax, NS Canada.
I agree with John’s comment whole heartedly. I recently completed a Bay Area Pain & Wellness program. For Functional Restoration.
Included in the program was lecture, physical therapy, wellness (meditation) and Art therapy etc. I found (rather “Re-discovered”) how much I enjoy and love art and the act of creating even if its just some days coloring! It gets you “out of your head” of the chronic cycle of pain and inspires you to think of other creations! How cool is that? All forms are art are heightened once that door is Opened!!!
I never realized that there was such a thing as an Art Therapist. Thanks for what you do for Veterans. I am a Vietnam Era Veteran and have been a practicing artist for a number of years. I am glad to read about this and becoming aware that these programs exist.
I believe art is one of the most useful tools in the psychiatric tool box whether it be painting, acting, dance, music, photography, etc.
I believe it has given me the ability to get through some very difficult times. I lost my wife of 30 years in January to Cancer and if it wasn’t for my ability to do what I do I think the journey of grief and pain would have been much more difficult without artistic abilities.
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