While popping prescription pills is a common treatment for anxiety and depression, there might be more colorful alternatives. For individuals seeking other treatments, research suggests art therapy may help paint the way to positivity Bar-Sela G, Atid L, Gabay N, Epelbaum R. Division of Oncology Rambam-Health Care Campus, Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Haifa, Israel..

Art Therapy

NOT JUST FOR KIDS — WHY IT MATTERS

Art therapy uses the creative process as a means of expression to help patients heal. art can allow patients to distance themselves from problems and help reveal issues they may not be able to put into words. Plus, it can help the therapist communicate with the patient and find solutions to the problems at hand.

Typically, it’s up to the patient to determine which kind of art to use. mosaics, collages, drawing, and even clay can help illustrate specific problems. But don't be fooled: any old finger painting sesh won't necessarily cure every issue. The key to art therapy is when t to a therapist in the way of his or her choice, helping the therapist understand symbols and metaphors that reveal the patient's underlying feelings and issues. Since the focus is on problem solving rather than artistic talent the environment is more relaxed, allowing the patient to express themselves in a low-stress manner.

Art in Motion — The Answer/Debate

The usefulness of art therapy is just as subjective as the art itself. It’s been used to help HIV/AIDS and cancer patients cope with disease Bar-Sela G, Atid L, Gabay N, Epelbaum R. Division of Oncology Rambam-Health Care Campus, Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Haifa, Israel. Rao D, Nainis N, Williams L, Langner D, Eisin Am Paice I. Institute for Healthcare Studies, Feiberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA., children recovering from the trauma of . Looman, W.S. University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN. Journal of Pediatric Health care. 2006 May-Jun;20(3):158-66., and troubled kids facing . art therapy may be an effective treatment for individuals dealing with abuse, low self-esteem, and social phobias. Some practitioners believe art therapy could be , but more studies are needed to determine true effectiveness.