Argumentative Essay On Art Therapy

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The consensus regarding art is art is for artists, or it’s merely a hobby. But, what if art could alleviate symptoms of depression, or help those with PTSD? All of us has had to deal with some form of psychological issues in our lives. Whether causation of the problem is stress from work, caring for children or parents, cognitive decline, illness, depression, death, trauma or violent crime, these issues have affected us all. “… art can engage the mind and emotions more effectively than other forms of therapy” (Habib & Ali, 9). Society should implement art therapy in conjunction with traditional treatments in the above mentioned psychological issues and instances of nonverbal or closed-off patients.
Unfortunately, there is a lack of empirical evidence to suggest that art therapy works with specific symptoms of specific disabilities/diseases like autism and schizophrenia. Giovanni Mirabella holds a Ph.D. in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in Rome, Italy. In his article, “Is Art Therapy a Reliable Tool for Rehabilitating People Suffering from Brain/Mental Diseases?" Published in the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Mirabella argues both sides in the article. While there may be plenty of anecdotal information regarding art therapy resulting in reverse brain degeneration, there are few studies to show empirical, evidence-based results on whether art therapies improve cognitive function of individuals suffering from degenerative brain

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