Creativity and artistic expression in eating disorder recovery (Examiner.com)
When facing a complex, life-threatening illness like an eating disorder, art may be the last thing on most people’s minds as they seek treatment. However, creativity and artistic expression can play a meaningful role in the recovery process—both in the structured treatment environment and in the ongoing recovery journey. Art—including drawing, painting, collaging, sculpting and other mediums—can help us explore thoughts and feelings that may be too painful for words. Creative expression in all forms offers an effective balance for rigid thinking, which is a common trait among those suffering with an eating disorder. Alone, the therapeutic benefits of art and creativity are likely insufficient to address the biological, psychological and sociocultural complexities of an eating disorder. However, when used in conjunction with effective medical, therapeutic and dietary support, artistic expression can be a powerful recovery tool... Visit her blog to read the article in its entirety.