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Channel your pain into creativity

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Art therapy is especially helpful to survivors of PTSD because it enables survivors to find modes of expression that allows them to create and integrate rather than self-destruct. According to van der Kolk, trauma can affect the Broca’s area of the brain, which deals with language. It can shut this area of the brain down, disabling us from expressing what is occurring. Allowing ourselves to express the trauma in a somatic way is important because trauma — and the dissociation that comes with it — can be difficult to process into words. When we are dissociated from the trauma, our brain protects itself from the traumatic event by giving us an outsider perspective to the trauma, disconnecting us from our identity, thoughts, feelings, and memories related to the trauma. The brain tends to “split” a traumatic event to make it easier to digest. As Andrea Schneider, LCSW, puts it, expressive arts can be a way of “mastering the trauma” that we’ve experienced. Whether it’s writing, painting, drawing, making music, doing arts and crafts — it’s important to release the trauma in alternative ways that engage both our mind and body. – See more at: http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/5-truly-powerful-ways-for-abuse-survivors-to-heal-from-trauma-dg/#sthash.0FUbYqd7.dpuf

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