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A Creative Mind Could Help With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A Creative Mind Could Help With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] can be devastating for someone going through it. It could be caused due to some disturbing event which you or a loved has gone through. This could lead to you having a normal social life and may impede everyday activities such as stepping out of your home or even walking down a flight of stairs. Most people with PTSD tend to wonder what is wrong with them, when the real question they should be asking is how can they help what went wrong.

A Creative Mind Could Help With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A good way to help people with anxiety, stress and even depression may be to involve them in creative activities the experts say. According to them, when your mind is occupied in creativity, it decreases the levels of stress and can protect the brain from further being in a state of tension.

Even though there has been little research done on crafting and its effects on stress and anxiety, neuroscientists are beginning to understand how knitting or even other crafts could have the same effect as doing crossword puzzles. There are yet others who are trying to find a link between mental health advantages from meditation and a state of peace and calm reached while painting or even sculpting. According to psychologist Csikszentmihalyi, “When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.”

“There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time,” says Catherine Carey Levisay, a clinical neuropsychologist and wife of the CEO Craftsy.com, John Levisay. “And that’s that creating — whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography (or) cake decorating — is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.”

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