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Healing Through Artistic Expression

Creative expression is as innate to humans as walking or speaking. All humans suffer from respective emotional or physical pain or trauma. Therefore, all humans can benefit from therapy in some way. However, not all humans are built the same or have faced the same experiences, and thus the approach to therapy should be unique to the individual. The process of healing through artistic expression has always been a part of humanity. In recent years, it has been awarded an actual label in the psychology and therapy realm. To understand what art therapy is and how it is used, the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) describes, “Art therapy [as being] used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight,...

Adolescent Anxiety in the Social Media Age (Part I)

By Dr. Mehri Moore, M.D. According to research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health, roughly a quarter of 13- to 18-year-olds struggle with some sort of anxiety disorder during their adolescence. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that many of these episodes are quite serious, as suicide deaths among Americans aged 10 to 19 have risen dramatically in the last decade. This troubling trend is particularly pronounced among adolescent girls, for whom suicide rates are at a 40-year high. Understandably, the question on everyone’s mind is, “Why?” Ever-increasing workloads and expectations at school and ongoing familial after-effects of the Great Recession have been put forward as possible explanations, but one of the most suspect culprits is the proliferation – and improper...

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