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Arts Therapies In The Treatment Of Depression


Including contributions from international experts in the field of arts therapies, the book presents some of the most recent, high-profile and methodologically diverse research, whether in the form of clinical trials, surveys or case studies. The three sections of this volume correspond to particular life stages and explore major topics in arts therapies practice and the nature of depression in children, adults and in later life. Individual chapters within the three sections represent all four arts therapies disciplines. The book hopes to improve existing arts therapies practice and research, by encouraging researchers to use creativity in designing meaningful research projects and empowering practitioners to use evidence creatively for the benefit of their clients and the discipline.




Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression


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Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression is an essential resource for arts therapies researchers, practitioners and arts therapists in training. It should also be of interest to other health researchers and health professionals, particularly those who work with clients experiencing depression and in multidisciplinary teams.


Ania Zubala, PhD, is a health researcher who explores the role of arts and arts therapies for holistically-understood wellbeing, particularly in the context of remote communities and aging populations. She is a research fellow in health psychology and digital health at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland.


"This inspiring and comprehensive volume written by esteemed experts in the fields of art, music, dance/movement, drama, and phototherapies successfully navigates the topic of the global crisis of depression. Through current research, evidence-based practice, case studies and clinical vignettes this book richly weaves together how creative arts disciplines address the challenge of working with a variety of populations with depression across the lifespan and across cultures. With the goal of demonstrating proof of effectiveness with this challenging crisis of depression, the authors present an engaging compilation of studies using a myriad of creative and diverse clinical approaches, research designs and methods, and perspectives. The study designs are well-suited to the arts therapies and clients and chapters provide both breadth as well as depth. Authors are self-reflective and culturally aware presenting a variety of work with individuals, groups, and short-term and long term treatment. The book as a whole is well organized, balanced, readable and well grounded in research. I anticipate that the impact of this book will be far-reaching and appreciated by arts therapy clinicians and researchers and anyone who works with individuals with depression."


"The arts therapies have a specific and significant role to play in the prevention, treatment and recovery for people with depression and this volume goes a long way to providing much needed evidence and firm foundations for further robust research in the field. I can agree with the basic tenet of the editors that more rigorous evaluation of day-to-day practice and robust creative, relevant research are required if the arts therapies are going to make the important contribution it can to this area of mental health and wellbeing.


"As exploration of how arts activities can help alleviate the symptoms of depression this book is a tour de force of multidisciplinary practice and I wholeheartedly recommend it for anybody interested in Arts Therapies. It brings together leading international experts to present new and innovative perspectives on treating depression via engagement in creative activities. The book clearly and concisely presents state of the art clinical practices within arts therapy in an accessible, informative and thoroughly engaging style."


Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression is an essential resource for arts therapies researchers, practitioners and arts therapists in training. It should also be of interest to other health researchers and health professionals, particularly those who work with clients experiencing depression and in multidisciplinary teams.


The healing power of art has long been recognized by artists around the world, but it is now emerging as an evidence-based therapeutic modality for depression. By creating new avenues for self-expression, art therapy provides invaluable benefits for people struggling with even severe depressive episodes. With mounting evidence of efficacy, we are now witnessing increased integration of art therapy within depression treatment.


Depression treatment is inherently about creation. Through specialized interventions and compassionate support, you create new thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. You create an expanded capacity for joy, love, and confidence. You create a new future in which you can live harmoniously with yourself and with the world around you. Sometimes, depression treatment is also about another kind of creation: the creation of art.


Depression can be challenging. If you have experienced it, then you know that the most basic tasks can become excruciating and leave you feeling apathetic and drained of your willpower. Simple tasks like getting out of bed, doing the laundry, and playing with your children may be daunting. While talk therapy and medications may be helpful, they are not the only solutions to relieving symptoms. This is where art therapy comes in. Art therapy has become an effective treatment in supporting, releasing, and integrating the symptoms of depression by supporting you in exploring depression via the senses. Although art might seem less conventional, it can be just as effective as talk therapy because it utilizes the whole body experience and not just the intellect.


Objective: There are few quantitative studies on art therapy for the treatment of depression. The objective of this study was to evaluate if art therapy is beneficial as an adjuvant treatment for depression in the elderly.


The effects of art therapy on mental health patients are still under research but experts are convinced of its positive outcomes. Various therapists have begun employing art therapy for depression and other mental-health-related treatments after encouraging results were observed amongst cancer patients, prison inmates, mental health patients, trauma survivors, the elderly, and others who have difficulty dealing with everyday life.


Depression requires a combination of therapy and medication to ensure a full recovery. Most of the treatments for depression follow a similar dynamic of self-expression, self-discovery, and finding creative ways to expend negative energy. Since art therapy focuses on enhancing the same abilities in patients, it is frequently employed by therapists as a coping strategy for depression and other mental health disorders.


Art is not something only artists can finesse. Art is for everyone. No one is good or bad at art. Art is merely a language of self-expression. Showing emotion through art is the same as showing emotion through literature and writing. So to answer the question, if art therapy really works? Yes, it shows great potential of being beneficial in the treatment of many mental disorders alongside standard treatments of course. Art therapy for depression can be really useful in allowing patients to reflect on their inner selves and devising ways to cope with their fears on their own through creativity and imagination.


This thesis is a literature review investigating treating postpartum depression through the expressive arts therapies and feminine archetypes. The expressive arts therapies explored for treatment are dance, music, art, and drama. Meditation, mindfulness, and writing are also included. The importance of expressive arts therapies in treating postpartum depression is of interest now because of the increasing number of mothers who experience postpartum depression who are looking for alternatives to treatment beyond, or complementing, traditional talk therapy and medication. A search for literature on treating postpartum depression with expressive arts therapies and archetypes was conducted on-line using the Lesley University database. This research provides resources for women who are seeking to overcome postpartum depression in increasingly creative ways. The author will be presenting recommendations for incorporating this creativity in the lives of mothers. Recommendations for incorporating expressive arts therapy interventions for treating postpartum depression will include examples of integrating feminine archetypes for healing.


If you've been treated for depression but your symptoms haven't improved, you may have treatment-resistant depression. Taking an antidepressant or going to psychological counseling (psychotherapy) eases depression symptoms for most people. But with treatment-resistant depression, standard treatments aren't enough. They may not help much at all, or your symptoms may improve, only to keep coming back.


If your primary care doctor prescribed antidepressants and your depression symptoms continue despite treatment, ask your doctor if he or she can recommend a health care provider who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. 041b061a72


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