Expressive Art Therapy uses art and creativity to help people connect to their problems, give voice to their emotions, and learn techniques to heal their issues.
It uses a variety of techniques including art, drama, movement, music, poetry, puppetry, and sand play.
Through the experience of Expressive Art Therapy, a person’s individuality and self-esteem are supported and enhanced.
We have outlined some expressive art therapies for Depression treatment.
How can Art Therapy help in the treatment of depression?
People struggling with even severe depressive episodes can be benefited to a large extent by integrating Art therapy in their Depression treatment plan.
Emergence of art therapy as a legitimate field of therapeutic intervention has provided a tool for people struggling with depression with possibility for healing and recovery.
At times for people struggling with depression, it could be difficult to open up to a complete stranger their deepest and darkest emotions. This might be due to the programming a person has undergone to suppress emotions and show a blank face, even when experiencing inner turmoil.
For these kind of people art therapy can be an effective tool, sine words are not always necessary in the context of art therapy. A blank canvas or any art therapy tool can be used than giving voice to painful feelings, words, or images.
The simple act of a scribble on paper can likely bring light to darkness, ignite conversation, or be a release for a depressing thought.
Art therapy supports the therapeutic process when words fall short.
Clear effect of art therapy on severe depression after ten treatments the patients who suffered from severe or moderately severe depression had shown more improvement than the patients in the control group, shows research.
Can Music Therapy help in the treatment of Depression?
Music therapy is likely to be effective for people in decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Music therapy also helps people to function in their everyday life. (e.g. maintaining involvement in job, activities, and relationships). Music Therapy could be a better treatment option to choose when the patient likes and enjoys music.
Studies concluded that music therapy in conjunction with treatment is more effective than treatment alone. Music therapy for depression – Findings of the present meta‐analysis indicate that music therapy provides short‐term beneficial effects for people with depression. Music therapy added to treatment as usual (TAU) seems to improve depressive symptoms compared with TAU alone.
Music therapy has been used in a range of ways to treat depression. Music therapy approaches can be active or receptive. Active Music therapy techniques might be used when participants cannot articulate difficult feelings. In these situation the therapist uses clinical techniques to connect with the patient in an improvised dialogue, which can then act as a springboard to emotional awareness. Receptive Music therapy techniques involve the use of pre-composed music for relaxation, reflection, guided reminiscence and change of mood state.
Is Dance Movement Therapy an effective intervention in the treatment of depression?
Dance movement therapy (DMT) is the psychotherapeutic use of movement, based on the assumption of the interconnection of body and mind, and the healing power of dance.
Interventions such as Dance Movement Therapy could be an interesting and acceptable treatment option for depression..
Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Adults With Depression: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analyses – studies concluded that DMT is an effective intervention in the treatment of adults with depression.
Dance Movement Therapy is an effective intervention in the treatment of adults with depression.
Study Results suggest that Dance Movement Therapy decreases depression and anxiety and increases quality of life and interpersonal and cognitive skills, whereas dance interventions increase (psycho-)motor skills @ Effects of Dance Movement Therapy and Dance on Health-Related Psychological Outcomes. A Meta-Analysis Update – the results of our meta-analysis suggest that therapeutic use of dance potentially affects various health-related psychological outcomes.