There is such a great deal of information on art therapy, it is becoming a new trend in treatment for patients with mental health issues. I think it is FANTASTIC, as we are learning how to use alternative methods for improving our state of mind. One thing that seems, to me, to be missing in all of the literature, is the benefit of creating something positive vs. negative vs. neutral and the overall effect on mood.
I write about this because our work is on rebranding depression, and often times in the art world brilliant artists create rather ‘dark’ images. While I understand the need to express and am thankful this type of release is positive, what research is starting to show is that creating something positive is even more beneficial to mood and health than just expressing negative or neutral emotions. [Read more...]