Art Therapy is becoming widely used and accepted as an alternate form of treatment for depression, anxiety, and ADHD. It can be a truly wonderful modality, yet I often become disturbed when seeing some of the images that people create when they are depressed. There is so much focus on the darkness of depression, as opposed to the brilliance we obtain from such depth of emotion. I found research that helps explain why, and how if we consciously create positive art it can create an even more intense improvement on stress, tension, depression, and the anxiety that often accompanies ADHD.
Art therapy is a great tool for those with ADHD, as it allows a person to express feelings, emotions, and energy through the hands and it releases energy. Anytime ADHDers can do something free flowing and unstructured is wonderful, and art is a really fantastic way. I’ve read a lot about art therapy, but few have touched on the importance of creating something positive with that energy.