Have you ever wondered whether Art Therapy fights Depression?
On the other hand, Art Therapy fights depression in building the self-esteem of the person. Creating something completely original means that it will not be compared to standards set by pioneers in the field. Thus, the depressed person knows that he can freely express himself, without the fear of being judged on the outcome.
Compared to Talk Therapy, which makes the depressed person speak up about his feelings, Art Therapy fights depression by allowing him to express himself in a way that not only makes him feel better, but also proud of the result! This is the biggest fight to be won during treatment. Let’s have a look at how Art Therapy fights depression.
Talk Therapy can be a quite time-consuming process, as the person often feels uncomfortable or doubtful about letting out. This makes him feel ashamed in front of the therapist.
Similarly, people in depression can draw on the sand, with chalk, or water to create temporary Art.
Afterall, the most important is the process, not the final result.
Creative expression (painting, woodworking, sculpturing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, sewing, writing and scrapbooking) has been proven to release a chemical associated with the brain’s “feel good” center.
For instance, when one creates something which receives admiration from others, the “I did that” feeling surges which boosts the neurotransmitter, Dopamine (the motivation molecule). This is what medications prescribed to depressed people are designed to do!
Some patients start by adult colouring books - a trend recently set by France, the number-one country in the consumption of antidepressants. Some patients prefer directing an art therapist to do the work for them, which also makes them feel a sense of power.
Contrary to the old belief that,
“Executing arts require only half part of the brain,”
latest scientific research are throwing light on what Leonardo da Vinci said,
“Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eye (darkness, light, body and color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest).”
Neuroimaging is now backing up the fact that Art lessons at school make children better students for life. Art and Music lessons increase blood flow to the brain, IQ, memory skills and attention.
Albert Einstein said,
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”