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How to Reduce or Manage Stress by Art Therapy : A Case Study!

Updated on April 7, 2017
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Chitrangada has keen interest in Alternative therapies.As a parent and teacher she shares her real life experiences for benefit of readers.

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Art Therapy To Reduce Stress!

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  • You must have come across some children, who are hyper active and restless
  • .They are always up to something, whether at home or outside.
  • Sometimes their action lands them into trouble and they may not be very popular among other children of their own age.
  • Their actions can be destructive as well as constructive.
  • They may become withdrawn as well, if they find that they are being avoided.
  • According to health experts and counselors, this is a disorder called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.
  • So What is required? There is a need to channelize their energies.
  • Art therapy can help such children.

Art therapy to communicate
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How Does Art Therapy Help?

  • Art can calm down a person.
  • Art can help to overcome emotional problems.
  • Art can help to develop skills to cope up the anxiety.
  • Art can help to express those hidden emotions, which might be the cause of stress.
  • Art can help to overcome low self esteem.
  • Art can help to improve communication ability.
  • Art can help to perfect hand eye coordination and sharpen motor skills.

Art Therapy is very much popular for treatment of behavioral disorders, such as stress, anxiety, depression, Autism, ADHD by Psychiatrists and Counselors.

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Art Therapy for Hyperactive kids.
Art Therapy for Hyperactive kids. | Source

Case study of a child aged 8 years:

  • A boy aged 8 years, was hyperactive. He never wanted to sit in the class at his allotted seat.
  • He was always on the move, even when the teacher was teaching in the class.
  • Sometimes peeping in the notebooks of his classmates, at other times picking up small fights with other children.
  • Other classmates avoided him, which was worse and further made him restless as well as withdrawn.
  • He started feeling lonely as well.
  • The school counselor thought to deal with this. He was given a drawing sheet, brushes and some water colors.
  • He was asked to draw or paint anything which he liked and he started following the counselor's instructions.
  • And there was a visible and significant change in his behavior.
  • Slowly he started putting all his thoughts onto the paper.
  • Within a week he started mingling with other kids, sharing his food with others and playing with them.
  • The focus was on the child and not on a beautiful piece of Art work.

Art therapy to express hidden emotions.
Art therapy to express hidden emotions. | Source

Case Study Of A Patient With Chronic Illness:

  • Imagine the agony of a patient diagnosed for a chronic disease; one who has to spend many days at the hospital.
  • I remember one of my relative, who unfortunately was diagnosed with a chronic disease and had to spend a long-long time at the hospital.
  • Relatives used to visit her, but the visiting hours are restricted at the hospitals.
  • What a painful look she had, when her loved ones used to leave her at the hospital and go home after the visit time was over!
  • Such people feel isolated and lonely and 'Art therapy' then helps them to communicate and express their emotions.
  • There is a medical term for the patients, who have spent many hours in the ICU--the ICU syndrome.
  • They sometimes start behaving in a strange, hostile way even with their family members.

Art therapy pulls them out of depression and stress. Art gives them reassurance and they are able to cope up with their anxieties and frustration.

The doctor and family work in cooperation with each other to treat this symptom.

“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.”

― Eileen Miller

“Autism: Where the "randomness of life" collides and clashes with an individual"s need for the sameness~”

― Eileen Miller

Brush off Stress by Art Therapy!
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Art Therapy can help in reducing stress!

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To Conclude:

  • The above examples will make it clear that Art as a Therapy does help a person, irrespective of age or gender to overcome stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Art therapy helps to develop a sense of 'Self' among depressed persons.
  • It also helps them to forget traumatic and unpleasant experiences and happenings of their lives.
  • It helps them to build up self confidence and overcome low self esteem.
  • It helps them to release their inner conflicts.
  • That is why almost every school engages a counselor to deal with the emotional upheavals of children, before they become too prominent.
  • Same is true for hospitals and health care centers.
  • Art Therapy is being used extensively as an Alternative Therapy by health experts.

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Do you think Art therapy can help to reduce stress? Please share your views in the Comments section.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wonderful suggestions. I am a big believer in the healing powers of art.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like to expend the same energy into all kinds of things and call it "the art of ......" This is a great article.

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      Kyle Tomlinson 2 years ago from Arkansas

      I agree and believe art does reduce stress and help with anxiety and emotions. I'm a grown man and still use this method from time to time. I can express my feelings or emotions, calm down and be creative, whether my art is to be shown to others or not. There are some types of craftwork that my mom has been wanting to do and i believe i can help her use this technique to cope woth stress. She has high anxiety and depression like me so together im sure we can work on some art for a stress relief. Thanks for sharing this because i needed to see this for me to be able to show this technique to her. Again, thanks! This was a very helpful hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you billybuc, for being the first to comment with your encouraging words! Much appreciated!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Ericdierker, for your kind support and appreciation!

      Glad you liked the article.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Kyle Tomlinson, for your kind visit and wonderful comments!

      As you said, Art therapy does help in reducing stress and anxiety. Even I have tried it so many times.

      In my experience as a teacher, I have come across many children, who were hyperactive or could not focus. This technique of engaging them in art work or painting etc. helped them open up with other peers and they became the normal happy children.

      What art they were doing does not matter, but it is the positive change in behavior that matters.

      Take care of yourself and your mother. Thanks again and glad you liked it!

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      Marvin Parke 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Art is just one avenue, there are also other options such as sports or even computer programming. It depends on the personality of the child. Great article, voted up and shared.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Yes, Yes, Yes--Thank you for this informative hub!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A very useful hub. Art can be wonderful therapy. I also love the quotes.

      Well done.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      ChitrangdaSharan, art definitely reduces stress in our lives. If doctors today also adopt art as a therapy, it is a welcome sign. In our villages, art forms like embroidery, paintings, music and dances are so popular and these , no doubt, heal our bodies if we are in a bad shape. You have brought forth a useful and very interesting hub. Voted up and shared.

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      anglnwu 2 years ago

      Love how you lay out your hub with examples and wonderful quotes. I agree art therapy is so good at so many levels. I love dabbling with art too. Thanks and rated up.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is a wonderful hub with wonderful suggestions. Art therapy certainly does help young children cope with life, stress, and any illness they may have. Well said and well presented. Vote up+ and shared.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I have seen firsthand how art therapy can help those in distress. My oldest daughter had leukemia at the age of 3. For many weeks, she was in the hospital receiving treatment. Part of her program included what was called "recreational therapy" or RT. She would go there each day for a certain amount of time and create things. It was very healing for her and she enjoyed it very much. She made many friends during that time and missed them when she was finally released from the hospital.

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      Vivian Sudhir 2 years ago from Madurai, India

      Art is wonderful, it calms the mind and adds a magical dimension to life. Wonderful article. Voted up and tweeted.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful way to engage with daily activities. I like the photos and a great idea.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you rasta1, for reading and commenting!

      You are right that there are other options to deal with anxiety among children, sports being one of them. It depends on individual cases.

      Thanks for voting up and sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you AudreyHowitt, for your wonderful comment!

      Glad you agree with the subject of the hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you tobusiness, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I am glad that you liked the hub and the quotes. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Harishprasadji, for your kind visit and insightful comments!

      You are right, Art is a great tool to reduce stress and doctors today do realize that.

      Thanks for appreciating and sharing the hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you anglnwu, for your kind words of appreciation!

      I am glad that you liked the layout of the hub.

      Art therapy has worked in so many cases, I know and that prompted to write this hub.

      Thank you so much!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Suzette!

      I am glad that you liked the hub and agree with the role of Art therapy in dealing with stress and anxiety, among kids and adults.

      Many thanks for voting up and sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you denise.w.anderson, for your kind visit and insightful comments!

      By sharing your own daughter's story, you have added more value to this hub and I want to thank you for that.

      I have heard about Recreational therapy and it is very effective.

      Thanks again for your valuable comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank snerfu, for your kind visit and comments!

      Art indeed helps to reduce anxiety and builds up positive thoughts in the individual.

      I am glad to know that you liked this hub. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Devika, for your visit, support and comments!

      Much appreciated.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Art heals and art therapy is a great way to reduce stress, an interesting read. Great hub.

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      M. Toni 2 years ago from Central NY

      This is awesome!! I know a few friends of mine who will love to read this- one friend who is working with children and play therapy. I think I'll try this with my niece- she is a bit hyperactive. I have tried children's yoga with her (got a video from YouTube), she loved it and it helped her burn some of her energy. Definitely going to share!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for your visit, support and comments!

      Much appreciated!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you seriouslystrssed, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I am glad you found the hub useful and helpful. I hope it helps your niece.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Excellent hub, and lots of good information. I find that if I don't have an artistic outlet, I am more stressed. So I understand how art therapy could help someone.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Paula Atwell, for your visit and comments!

      I am glad you liked the idea of this hub. I agree with you that we must have some kind of artistic outlet to keep ourselves stress free.

      Thanks again!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I am in total agreement with you here, art therapy does work, I have seen it in my class where I used to teach, there was even a young autistic boy who would be really agitated until he got those paints and paper, then he totally changed and calmed down! wonderful!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nell, for your positive comments!

      I appreciate you for sharing your personal experience, to endorse the subject of the hub. This has added more value to this hub.

      Many thanks for your valuable comments!

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I definitely agree that art therapy is a safe and effective way to reduce stress and past traumas. Very good information!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Art is wonderful for anyone, and thanks so much for this wonderful information.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you vespawoolf, for your kind visit and comments!

      Glad you liked this hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you aviannovice, for your visit and support!

      Your comments are much appreciated. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Art therapy is used in all types of settings. Whether in psychology as a diagnostic tool; hospitals; nursing homes or just everyday home or school settings, it is wonderful. Excellent hub with good examples. Up votes and happy to share.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      I believe it works, and it should be tried. The best way to find out if it will work on you is to give it a go, Why not?

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Peggy W, for your kind visit and insightful comments!

      I agree, art therapy is a valuable therapy and it really works.

      Thanks for your votes and share!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Blackspaniel1, for your kind visit and comments!

      I have seen the positive results of art therapy, especially among kids, who were shy or lacked self confidence.

      People with behavioral disorders also respond well with this therapy.

      Thanks again!

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      Audrey Hunt 24 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Art is wonderful for reducing stress at any age. This hub is fantastic! Thank you for writing about art and the therapy it provides. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and will share.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 24 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Audrey, for your kind visit and comments!

      Glad you found this hub useful and interesting. I have always experienced the role of Art in reducing stress.

      Appreciate your support, votes and share! Thanks!

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      Stephanie Henkel 23 months ago from USA

      I do believe that engaging in any kind of creative endeavor is a stress release. Not only do children and adults find a pleasing outlet for their emotions, they are apt to discover a well of creativity they didn't know they had. When I paint, time flies by and I am calm and relaxed. As the colors flow onto the paper, I find joy in living in the moment. Great article, and one that proves the value of keeping an art component in schools.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Stephanie Henkel, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I agree with your views completely. Art indeed is stress reliever even for adults. Including it in the school curriculum is essential, so that the same children who grow into adults can engage in art related activities to relieve them of stress, if any.

      Many thanks for your insightful comments and my apologies for responding late to your comments! Thank you!

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