Sometimes you don’t want to talk and you just want to do something. Art therapy may be exactly what you need for better mental health.
I felt like dying. Really. My depression and anxiety had crippled me and I needed to see a therapist.
Therapy helps, but talking may be overrated. I have had several therapists and talking only seemed to get me to a point. This time, I needed to be more active in my therapy. No disrespect to my different therapists, but the conversations seemed to be similar:
Me: “I need to talk about my depression.”
Therapist: “Great! Let’s talk about how you feel.”
Me: “I feel sad, anxious, depressed and hopeless.”
Therapist: “How long have you felt this way.”
Me: “I have had periods where I felt like this for as long back as I can remember…”
Talking about my childhood, my family relationships and how I feel about these things has helped. Each therapist has helped me immensely, but this time I needed more than talking.
What Do You Do When Talking is Not Enough?
Depression can feel like you have an enemy living inside, a personal terrorist. Sometimes you need to talk and sometimes you need to do something. As a creative person, art therapy intrigued me. It just makes sense that therapy should involve your body, mind and emotions; and that an active therapy will offer something different than simply talking. What I learned was that art therapy can be for anyone and it does not rely on any creative ability.
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Originally published by SMSwaby at The Good Men Project.