Relieving Depression With Art Therapy
A new break through in treating various physical as well as mental ailments is the Art Therapy. Treating depression with Art therapy has proved to create wonders with several depressed patients! Many are of the view that while medication gives them relief but comes with a lot of side effects Art Therapy has proved to be a much beautiful way of healing through creative expression.
Man is a creative as well as an emotional being; the need to express our emotions is an integral part of our mental make up. A lot of problems one has pertaining to his mental health are because he is unable to express or give proper vent to his emotions, especially the negative ones like anger, fear and frustration.
One doesn’t need to have artistic talents to pursue Art Therapy. There are no rules but only freedom of expression in this form of treatment. It may be any form of Art; a composition, music or a painting. Art Therapy gives the liberty to experiment and therefore nobody is subject to any critical judgment. It is a mode of expression through which one can easily give vent to his pent up feelings and emotions which seldom speech or any other form of expression can give.
Art Therapy creates the avenue which helps to resolve conflicts and get hold over oneself much easily. It proves to give a cathartic effect of the soul, which is actually a cleansing effect. The person bent under depressive thoughts feels lighter once he is able to flow out his emotions. Thoughts and emotions pour out and get locked within the art form thus making the person feel free. And once a person is free of the negative feelings he is free from depression as well!
The best thing about Art Therapy is the freedom it gives and more than the output it’s the process of purging oneself that creates wonders that medication can seldom create. The person feels important after looking at his creation and feels that he is also capable of creating something worthy rather than wasting himself away. Therefore it’s a dual process which not only ensures cleaning the mind but also makes the person feel good about himself and his worth. Therefore a depressed person who is usually unable to lead a normal life is rendered back a meaningful and worthy life!