Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy enabling patients to explore feelings and emotions which are difficult to express in words. Art therapy has exceptional value in improving the psychological well-being of patients suffering life-limiting illness who struggle with negative emotions.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011
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The diagnosis of a life-limiting condition can be traumatic, provoking devastating emotional/psychological effects. Apart from distressing physical symptoms, the illness also removes the sense of control. Some conditions can affect the ability to communicate using words as can certain treatments. All these factors can trap patients in a downward cycle of acute anxiety, pain and depression which can lead to physical symptoms, impairing the body's ability to tackle the underlying disease.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as the primary method of communication. The production of a piece of art work is something that the patient does, when mostly things are done for and to them. It helps them to take back control of at least one part of their lives. Sessions can be cathartic, enabling articulation and the release of dangerous negative feelings. Art therapy can help manage pain by engendering a physical sense of well-being without the need of drugs.
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