The Creative Arts as Therapy


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    ball The Arts as therapy (music, visual, etc.)     Paintbrushes_in_Bucket.gif

    What first comes to mind when someone mentions the "Arts" as a form of therapy is an image of dysfunctional sorts sitting around half-heartedly fumbling through some bizarre version of Basket weaving 101. Well, things have changed a good bit since those days and now there's an incredibly rich variety of therapies to choose from in this field. There's motion therapy, dance therapy, free-form artistry, mime, and a plethora of others. While all of these can be found as part of the hospital regimen today, it is much more important to incorporate them into your own version of a wellness program. Make this and some of the following subsidiary therapies a part of your ongoing effort to maintain an even keel.

    Get involved with the muse, bipolars tend to be amazingly creative folks anyhow, so many of the arts appeal to them and make natural outlets for release and expression. Pick up a camera, go to the opera and learn all its many nuances, learn to play an instrument, write...and I mean write dragon_gifanything. Writing of poetry and prose is perhaps one of the richest, simplest, and most cathartic of all the arts, and all it takes is a pencil and paper at the minimum. I encourage you to read some of the work on the site here. You'll find it by following the dragon. Don't be surprised if you find yourself nodding in silent agreement with some of the breathtakingly beautiful and poignant thought there. [LINK] to creativity pages.

    Music musical_notes.gif-- Just a quick word about listening to music. Everyone knows that some music can hype you up, some can soothe you, some make you feel silly or happy and some can depress ya terribly. It goes without saying, pick your music to suit your mood, but be aware at all times at how you are feeling emotionally and physically. Sad, slit-your-wrist music can help youviolin_player_image get in touch with things lurking below the surface of consciousness that often are inexpressible, but once you've touched them for crying out loud get someone qualified to help you sort through what emerges. Often talking to another bipolar is helpful, but just remember--music cannot talk for YOU--you have to do that part. Don't think that playing a song over and over will necessarily get your message of pain or fear across to another human being. It might, but then again, most likely it won't. Relying on others to decipher your hints of impending doom or catastrophe via your music choices, your cryptic remarks, poetry or your histrionic behaviours is more than a bit risky. Start now to learn how to spit out what you feel and think in gutsy, straightforward terms--don't leave'um guessing. Your life is worth way too much for that kind of game.