Medical Art Therapy with Adults by Cathy A Malchiodi

By Cathy A Malchiodi

Using paintings as remedy or intervention allows individuals with critical or life-threatening actual health problems to specific themselves in a way that's usually felt to be more secure and no more tough than a strictly verbal potential. whilst dealing with severe disorder, invasive clinical methods, drug, chemotherapy or radiation remedy, and, every now and then, terminal disorder, paintings expression is a robust technique for facing actual alterations, emotional trauma, interpersonal difficulties and non secular dilemmas. it may well additionally increase a therapist's knowing of sufferers' perceptions of themselves, their households and their setting, and permits either therapist and sufferer to procure a clean standpoint on difficulties and directions.

Some of the main exotic artwork therapists within the united states have contributed to this wide-ranging and encouraging assortment, which bargains sensitively with paintings with sufferers that suffer from terminal sickness reminiscent of AIDS or melanoma, or convalescing from irritating operations akin to mastectomies. The chapters supply functional suggestion on fabrics and methods to exploit with a number of consumers, reckoning on the pursuits of the remedy. because the first ebook to interact with scientific paintings treatment with adults, this can be an leading edge and crucial source for all counsellors, inventive arts therapists, psychologists and well-being care professionals.

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While his research speaks to the importance of talking and writing about traumatic or overwhelming experiences, he notes that art expression has the potential to have similar health-giving capacities. With most patient populations described in this book, art expression is used to help people 'open up,' by making visible their thoughts, feelings, and Page 15 perceptions through drawing, painting, and other art experiences. Opening up through self-expression can help people explore, release, and understand the source of emotional distress, ameliorate and alleviate trauma, and repair and resolve conflicts.

Frontal lobe damage results in apathy or disinhibition, left frontal lobe damage can cause depression, visual hallucinations. Prefrontal lesions are said to cause personality and emotional disorders. Visual hallucinations implicate occipital lobes or midbrain, aggression and seizures arise from the temporal lobe, and mania from right thalamus damage. Premorbid psychosis must be taken into consideration first, however. Behavioral mental disturbances are most prominent with right hemisphere damage; due to their greater mobility and ability to verbally express themselves, they are more capable of expressing negative feelings, often described as quick and impulsive.

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