Positivity In Pain
Dana Sibilsky: The Beautiful Power Of Art Therapy
At some point in our lives, we come face-to-face with a well known mental state known as depression. We are exposed to depression either through a beloved friend, a family member or we are affected by depression personally. Let’s clear something up really quickly to begin with. Many people believe that when feeling deeply sad, they can say, “I feel so depressed,” but in about an hour or a day—give or take—they are back to their normal selves again. Depression takes a long time to get into and once trapped in its clutches, it takes a long time to get out of.
Describing what it’s like to be a prisoner to depression wouldn’t do it justice. A person who has never gone through the prolonged sadness will have to experience it for themselves, but as true as my name is Dana Sibilsky, I wouldn’t wish this experience on anyone. The best description of this mental condition is the feeling that every demon is holding you in eternal darkness. There is no light, no hope, no way out or at least none that you can see.
Art therapy changes that. This form of treatment has been known of for at least half a century and has shown to have some impressive results. When working with a person under the influence of depression, many therapists will have the person use their creativity as an outlet. The clients draw, listen to music, paint and participate in other various “healing arts” to slowly but surely break free of depression.
This art form of therapy also allows the person to express themselves in more detail whether it be their thoughts, emotions, desires, concerns, etc. to the therapist when words just aren’t enough. Some patients are too deeply pained or even scared of speaking of what bothers them, but would rather create a picture of the matter instead.
In conclusion, art is powerful as well as beautiful. This creative way of expression has the power to change the world and that happens through changing the lives of individual people. If you are suffering depression or know someone who is, this is not something to brush off carelessly and turn the other cheek. REACH OUT. You are never alone.
Note: This article by no means is medical advice. It is for information
purposes only and should by no means be a substitute for a real doctor.