The Role Of Art And Mental Health

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An experienced design artist with a Fine Arts degree, who made the transition to studying psychology, I bring a unique background and perspective as a psychology student. My interest in Psychology began with my curiosity in the relationship between art and mental health. South Korea, my birthplace, has some of the longest working hours of any country. The people I met while working there often suffered from work-related stress that linked with symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, few were willing to discuss their situation. Due to cultural issues, people are loath to visit clinicians – instead, they commonly ascribe precarious moods to their mindsets. This phenomenon spurred me to consider artistic activities as a mean with which to deal with negative mood. As a result, my personal interest motivated me to study psychology at Ryerson University; I now hope to continue this path towards Clinical Psychology by enrolling at the McGill University.
The past two years I have spent in Canada were a challenge for me. Having graduated from university with excellent academic performance, I followed the path of a designer in Korea; abandoning this career to study a new field was not an easy decision. Even though it took time to adapt to the new environment, the Psychology courses I took were fascinating, making it easy to maintain my ambitious study regimen. As I became more exposed to undergraduate-level psychology courses, my interest in human emotions and mental disorders
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