Coping with Depression: The Power of Creative Therapy

Depression has far reaching impacts. If left untreated, it can wreak havoc on our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Depression treatment can involve a variety of approaches depending on the unique needs of the patient. However, there are several self-help techniques to complement or enhance professional treatment, including creative therapy. Exploring your creative talent can be just as effective as talk therapy and medication. It can transform the mind, body, and soul.

Types of Creative Therapy

Creative therapy can be especially helpful for people dealing with depression or anxiety. This unique approach to depression is relaxing, engaging, and fun. In fact, creative therapy can release brain chemicals to improve your mood and reduce anxiety.Creative activities include:

  1. Drawing, painting, sculpting

  2. Acting

  3. Music

  4. Writing

  5. Dancing

  6. Knitting or Crocheting

In addition to improving your mood, creative therapy can help you discover aspects of your life that you may want to change. By externalizing your feelings as something tangible, it’s easier to pinpoint your emotions and feelings. If you find it difficult to open up about your depression, creative therapy is a beneficial way to express how you’re feeling. Not only does it help release negative thoughts, it can also support your capacity to feel happy again.

How to Heal from Depression

If you’re struggling with depression, the first step is to ask for help. At Lake View Family Medicine, we provide a personalized depression treatment tailored to your individual needs and goals. Our treatment plans include a variety of innovative and proven techniques that focus on the whole person, not just the depression. We’ll teach you coping skills and how to properly manage your depression in order to help you return to a happy and healthy state of mind. It’s time to talk to someone who really listens to your needs before prescribing a solution. Schedule an appointment with us today so you can decide if our clinic is right for you

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