Night Echo

Read or click the link below to see my first live video about Art Therapy in Ashen Art and FallRisk Art!

Ash’s Speech

“For those of you who don’t know me, I used to work in research in neuroscience, and in neuroscience, we like to research our external environment. Without further ado, raise your hand if you have sweaty armpits right now? I know I do standing on this stage. Can you tell it’s my first time?

Ok, who here has smelly feet at the end of the day? Good.

Here’s a tougher question, who here has suffered from anxiety or depression at some point in time?

The main point I’m trying to make right now is not to depress you, but showing that mental disorders are as commonplace as sweaty armpits and smelly feet. Some individuals are more prone to sweaty armpits because of a hot environment, or genetically they’re more likely to sweat. Similarly, individuals can be more inclined to anxiety because of their temperament, or they may live in a highly stressful environment.

But there is always help and coping strategies. For instance, I suffer from seasonal depression and anxiety attacks; yet, I use art therapy as a way to alleviate my symptoms and as a conduit for an internal monologue.

Art therapy allows for free expression through almost any media. Similar positive results from art therapy are seen in individuals diagnosed with cancer- alleviating stress and anxiety before and after chemotherapy. In individuals with severe anxiety, the physical process of painting grounds them and removes the mind from fixation. In individuals with schizophrenia, they rate their treatment as the same as before art therapy, but there is some debate as to whether they understood the poll.  

But what does this all mean?

Absolutely nothing.

Art therapy is just a doorway to finding something you’re genuinely passionate about. Something that speaks to you and is with you even after everything is stripped away.”

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