Mental health is a sensitive issue. All of us deal with our troubles in different ways. In my life, ebru’s therapeutic side holds great significance. When I start doing ebru, I lose track of time and leave behind all my worries. As an immigrant woman, it is hard to start from scratch and form a circle of friends in the new country. Ebru art is like a magical door that opens up to other people’s hearts. It is a great conversation starter. It is an area that gives me a great sense of achievement and confidence. When you move abroad, your life changes dramatically. The human brain continuously works to process all that input which heavily overloads the mind. Ebru art was my refuge at those times. It was my tradition, my anchor, something from my Turkish roots that I carried with me no matter where I went. The moral and ethical principles of Ebru art guide me to face my challenges and insecurities with courage. It inspires me to live with hope and trust the process. It had helped me overcome my post-natal depression when I was in Turkey and it helped me overcome the culture-shock when we emigrated to Australia. It significantly improved my adaptation process in the USA and reinforced the social ties of my family with others in my community. It also allows me to be productive and help inspire my daughters to chase their dreams no matter what!
I got very excited when I came across this article in the Journal of Human Sciences. I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy...
Impact of marbling art therapy activities on the anxiety levels of psychiatric patients
Latife Utaş AkhanBulent Ecevit University
Nuray AtasoyBulent Ecevit University
Keywords: Marbling, Art Therapy, Psychiatric Patients, Anxiety
Purpose: Study was conducted to explore the impact of marbling art therapy on the anxiety levels of patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Methods: Data for the study were at a university hospital and in the psychiatric service,polyclinic of a State Hospital with 34 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and 34 patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Investigations were carried out with study groups and a control group.
Findings:Following marbling, it was found that there were significant decreases in the PANSS negative, in the positive, general psychopathology in terms of the scores of the group of schizophrenia patients and in the BAI scores of patients with bipolar disorder.There was no significant difference in the BAI scores of the control group.
Clinical relevance:The study showed that the method of marbling therapy led to improvements in the negative and positive symptoms of schizophrenic patients and in both patient groups, it contributed to decreasing levels of anxiety.
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