This study is an evaluation of the need for Art Therapy as a treatment modality for Veterans diagnosed with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The treatment approaches that art therapy utilizes are discussed as well as the benefits of a non-verbal therapy for this population. The primary focus among the various symptomatology of PTSD is that of self-identity, particularly the concepts of self-esteem, self-concept and self-ideal. These aspects of identity are explored due to their relationship with a successful reintegration of the Veteran into society post-deployment. Current art therapy tools are explored as well as the need for more research regarding the effectiveness of these tools and the possible innovation of new tools for successfully treating symptoms of PTSD. The benefits of group art therapy in the assistance of creating a new identity formation is discussed as well as the success of group therapy in treating PTSD symptoms of avoidance and isolation.
Art Therapy for Combat Related PTSD
Leah C. Donnelly
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