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The Pleasures and Benefits of Art Therapy After TBI and PTSD

The Pleasures and Benefits of Art Therapy After TBI and PTSD

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Hey guys, it's Adam, and today I'm here to talk to you a little bit about art therapy and some of the alternative therapies that you can start engaging in. A friend of mine out in Santa Barbara, California has started an art therapy program for other veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury or are suffering from PTSD. They've had great success, because art therapy really allows the individual to not only express themselves, but express themselves in a safe environment and reintegrate into the lifestyle in a safe, self-paced way. A lot of art programs, art therapy sessions, I guess you could say, involve individuals coming together and drawing, painting, scattering art on the floor, and it's something that can be done not only at your own pace, but it's really a quiet setting, so it allows people to-- it doesn't force you to talk, it doesn't force you to communicate with people. I found that to be helpful-- to go at your own pace and kind of reduce the isolation you may feel through some of these programs. It doesn't have to be art therapy, it can be anything you want, but find something that slowly and comfortably reintegrates you back into the lifestyle that you used to have. I think it'll be fun and enjoyable. Thanks.

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Adam talks about a friend who runs an art therapy program for vets with TBI and PTSD. "It's a place where you can express yourself in a safe, self-paced environment. A place to be with other vets in a quiet, relaxing setting. A place to help you reintegrate back into life," explains Adam.

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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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