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Creation and Destruction: Art Therapy and Self-Injury

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Brylee Romney

on 6 August 2010

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Transcript of Creation and Destruction: Art Therapy and Self-Injury

Creation and Destruction: Art Therapy and Self-Injury Is it possible that creation
and destruction have things in common? Self-injury and Art therapy
have similar cathartic effects on the
Brain. First to understand how art therapy can be useful to self-injuring adolescents, one must understand the basic dimensions of the disorder. Self-injuring individuals exhibit low communication skills, anger issues, and depression that prove difficult to treat. Many types of therapy have been tried, and many of them fail. Art therapy is often overlooked, But can be the most effective way to treat self-mutilating adolescents. Defined as: The intentional damage to ones own tissues
WITHOUT the intention to die. Not suicidal-Coping Mechanism
Inability to effectively communicate difficult emotion
Anger and Aggression issues-usually turned inward. Creates self-destructive behavior.
Behavior begins in adolescence around the age of 14 and often continues for 10-15 years. The most common ways to self-injure are cutting, burning, hair pulling, pin sticking, bruising, biting, and bone breaking. Art therapy has proven to be effective in helping people with a wide range of physical and mental issues. Helps individuals communicate in a non-verbal way-good for children, stroke patients, and those suffering from mental trauma.
Empowers the individual
Relieves stress
Personal Fulfillment
Release of emotion Art therapy Process How and Why is Art therapy useful in the treatment of Self-mutilating adolescents? Helps them express self-destructive urges
in a safe way that can permit healing. Art therapy has already proven to be a good
medium of communication for people who cannot
effectively communicate. In communicating, if only symbolically, the
adolescent is creating new coping tools. Art therapy can replace self-injury as
a symbol of pain, anger and self-loathing. Art therapy helps manage depressive symptoms. Art therapy can soothe anxiety. Creation and Interpretation Individuals are different and often require several types of therapy to successfully beat a disorder, but no treatment caters specifically to the difficult characteristics of self-injury as art therapy does. specific characteristics of the disorder such as, low verbal communication, depression, and anxiety can be alleviated through the help of art therapy.
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