This research paper examines the therapeutic value of art therapy as an alternative or complementary resource to treat depression, increase self-esteem, and improve self-concept. Problems with self-esteem and self-concept have always increased the possibility of depression. Although there are several ways to treat depression, art therapy introduces a different approach to be used when verbal communication is difficult. There are numerous situations which may alter individuals' perceptions of themselves, such is the case of people who have suffered any kind of abuse or trauma or those who suffer from a disability. Art therapy provides an outlet to express feelings of inadequacy, anger, frustration, and confusion, among others, while patients develop a sense of identity and self-acceptance. It also allows individuals to maintain control over their lives by reinforcing autonomy and self-confidence. To support this research paper numerous case studies will be discussed.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Goodfellow, Maria C.
"Art Therapy as a Treatment for Depression and as a Means to Increase Self-Esteem,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 6:
1, Article 14.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol6/iss1/14