Comments on: Art Therapy: A Useful Treatment for Veterans With PTSD Inspiring others to create. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:41:33 +0000 hourly 1 By: Amanda Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:50:34 +0000 Love this blog post on the use of art within the area of PTSD. Not always is there understanding of how we as humans are processing an event. For those with PTSD, I am so happy to see this field of art therapy and arts in medicine growing and allowing for expansion within this area of treating those who have lived through traumatic events. Being that there are so many ways to experience and create art, I am interested in and looking forward to how the field of arts in medicine will grow specifically in this field of PTSD.

By: Lynne Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:03:21 +0000 Yes, and not only veterans. Our broader culture is rife with trauma, has little notion of how it works, and inadvertently reinforces it in those most affected, with what are effectively victim blaming exhortations to its sufferers, to pull themselves together and let it go.

The right circumstances (safety and support) have to be present before the letting go can happen; the reconstruction happens only after that process begins. Thus the impatience for recovery tends to reproduce and perpetuate trauma.

Thanks for this. Lasting trauma impacts are experienced physiologically and emotionally, not intellectually, so even very clear insight has limited value in recovery. The thinking mind can support our recovery, but the feeling and intuitive brain, and the body, lead the way.

Art therapy, nature therapy, music, movement, dancing etc are all direct ways for us to process trauma, and connect ourselves positively to our full senses.