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L’art contre l’alzheimer

Cyberpresse | Le Soleil

vendredi 16 février 2007 

Aquarelle créée par Samuel, un octogénaire atteint d’Alzheimer.

L’art contre l’alzheimer

Régis Tremblay

Le Soleil

Dans le brouillard où s’avance ce malade atteint d’Alzheimer perce soudain une lumière, un espoir… Cette lueur le guide vers une éclaircie… vers quelqu’un : lui-même ! Ce rayon d’espoir, c’est l’art.

Cette illumination est arrivée récemment à quatre octogénaires de Montréal : Béatrice, Benoît, Samuel et Victor. Atteints d’Alzheimer, ils se sont réunis tous les jeudis pendant six mois, autour de la thérapeute Pascale Godbout, pour s’adonner à des activités artistiques.

La thérapeute témoigne : « Tous les quatre ont exprimé leur plaisir et leur satisfaction ; tous les quatre ont manifesté de l’enthousiasme, de la bonne humeur et de la joie. Et surtout, tous ont trouvé dans l’art une façon de compenser un peu l’altération de leurs facultés. »

Le résultat fut si encourageant que Pascale Godbout en a fait son sujet de recherche pour l’obtention d’une maîtrise en art-thérapie, à l’Université de Montréal, l’an dernier.

L’art-thérapie n’est pas encore admise par notre système de santé. « Ma profession n’est pas reconnue. Pourtant, les résultats sont là ! » affirme Pascale Godbout, en entrevue, qui fait cette recommandation dans son étude : « On peut souhaiter que les services d’art-thérapie auprès des personnes âgées en perte d’autonomie soient offerts dans tous les centres d’hébergement, qu’ils fassent partie du programme ordinaire de soins et d’activités quotidiennes… »

La thérapeute précise : « Il y a bien quelques séances de dessin dans les centres d’hébergement, mais elles sont classées dans la section bricolage, loisirs et bingos… alors qu’on pourrait en faire de vraies séances de thérapie ! »

L’art dont il est ici question n’est pas du grand art, mais un mode d’expression où l’acte est plus important que le résultat. À partir de quelques techniques simples (collage, dessin, aquarelle), les quatre octogénaires ont réalisé des œuvres naïves, mais significatives.

« Étant inaptes à suivre des directives, ils ont eu toute liberté pour faire ce qu’ils voulaient.

Mais le seul fait de créer a amélioré leur rapport à eux-mêmes et au monde. Béatrice, Benoît, Samuel et Victor en ont ressenti du bien-être, une meilleure estime de soi et un plus fort sentiment identitaire », déclare Pascale Godbout.

Est-ce si étonnant de constater le pouvoir libérateur de l’art sur les personnes déficientes, alors que le geste créateur a toujours eu des effets profonds sur tout artiste, quel qu’il soit ? « Le monde de l’art est plus ouvert que toute autre activité humaine, il est vraiment la lumière au bout du tunnel pour beaucoup de gens », ajoute la thérapeute.

Pour Pascale Godbout, son travail de « débroussaillage » est une promesse, un investissement : « C’est comme planter une graine. J’ai plein d’idées pour prolonger cette expérience. D’ailleurs, la Société Alzheimer s’est montrée intéressée à lui donner suite… »

Source de l’info ICI

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Self-Injury: One Family’s Story

Self-Injury: One Family’s Story

A mother and daughter tell their story about self-harm and how they finally got the strength to get help.

By Jeanie Lerche Davis
WebMD Feature Reviewed By Cynthia Haines, MD

Dawn was a junior in high school when her secret was discovered – she was practicing self-harm, she was cutting herself. That was eight years ago. Today, Dawn is nearly 25, and has transformed herself and her life. She has focused her career goals on helping others with emotional problems.

Dawn and Deb (her mother) hope that, in sharing their story, they can help other families come to grips with the problem of cutting. A Sheltered, Strict Childhood Looking back, Dawn can see what went wrong. Things just weren’t right at home. “I always felt, when I was a kid growing up, a lot of anger, but I didn’t know what to do with it,” she tells WebMD. “I wasn’t really allowed to get angry at home, to express my anger.” Her father demanded perfection from her, Dawn says. “Also, I lived an extremely sheltered, controlled life as a child. I was real shy, real passive. I didn’t have hobbies or activities. I didn’t belong to clubs. I was always by myself, always in my room. I didn’t have a whole lot of friends.”

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That crisis has passed. In May, Dawn graduated from college with a major in psychology and a minor in art. She now works for an area agency that helps the mentally handicapped and disabled. She wants to pursue a master’s in psychology, so she can be an art therapist. “Dawn found that art therapy helped her a lot with her own problems,” Deb says.

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Art therapy for disease: Eurhythmy

DNA – Evolutions – Art therapy for disease: Eurhythmy – Daily News & Analysis

Art therapy for disease: Eurhythmy

UNI
Friday, January 19, 2007 15:42 I

HYDERABAD: Music, dance, sculpture, painting, speech and movement can supplement medical treatment in different diseases.

This system, called eurhythmy, is being discussed at an International Post-Graduate Meeting and training session going on at the ICRISAT from January 14 to January 21.

Giving details, expert Dr Michael Clocker told media the new system, called Anthroposophical Medicine in medical parlance, seeks to find a common language in addressing issues of health and illness from different medical perspectives.

Dr Clocker said the training programme was being organised by the Indian Branch of the Anthroposophical Society, begun with the aim of promoting the system based on the teachings of Austrian Scientist Rudolf Steiner.

The system also aimed at integrating Indian Medical Branches like Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Yoga.

Anthrosophical Medicines had made significant changes in cancer therapy, children with special needs and education.

Dr Clocker said trainers from all over the world including doctors, physochologists, therapists; teachers and special educators had come together to share experiences and to train hundreds of Indian doctors.

Dr Peter Glosby of Mount Baker Waldorf Shool, said the system aimed at treating the body as well as the mind, soul and spirit. Drugs were prepared from substances taken from minerals, plants and the animal kingdom.

Dr Srinivasa Rao, well-known homeopath said the system was slowly gaining popularity.

Art therapy can reduce pain and anxiety in cancer patients

Art therapy can reduce pain and anxiety in cancer patients (press release)

Art therapy can reduce pain and anxiety in cancer patients (press release)

Posted Friday, August 25, 2006 by NewsTarget

Key concepts: cancer, cancer patients and anxiety.

A study published today in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management found that art therapy can reduce a broad spectrum of symptoms related to pain and anxiety in cancer patients. In the study done at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, cancer patients reported significant reductions in eight of nine symptoms measured by the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) after spending an hour working on art projects of their choice.

Fifty patients from the inpatient oncology unit at Northwestern Memorial were enrolled in the study over a four-month period. The ESAS is a numeric scale allowing patients to assess their symptoms of pain, tiredness, nausea, depression, anxiety, drowsiness, lack of appetite, well-being and shortness of breath. Eight of these nine symptoms improved; nausea was the only symptom that did not change as a result of the art therapy session. Continued here…

Art fights Alzheimer’s Assisted-living center uses painting to stir imaginations of dementia patients

Art fights Alzheimer’s – Newsday.com

 BY ALEJANDRO LAZO
Newsday Staff Writer

July 16, 2006

Norman Davidson’s memories are like the scenic watercolors he creates: moments frozen in the instant, imbued with the color of his sentimental interpretation.

The Bronx native learned to paint as a boy. Now, the gentle, 81-year-old man is caught in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease, incurable and devastating, and he slowly loses his memories.


Nothing has slowed his decline. But to cope with the fits of frustration that are part of the condition’s terrain,

Davidson has returned to his painting, this time as a form of therapy.

“It brings me back to my teenage years, when I used to do sculptures and stuff like that,” Davidson said recently outside his apartment at Bristal Assisted Living in North Woodmere. “My father also was an artist; we had a good relationship. But I taught myself.” Continued here

Qld flying doctor recruits art therapist for outback communities

Qld flying doctor recruits art therapist for outback communities. 17/07/2006. ABC News Online

Last Update: Monday, July 17, 2006. 1:00pm (AEST)Queensland’s Royal Flying Doctor Service is using an innovative technique to help improve the emotional well-being of rural and remote communities.

The service has employed its first ever art therapist to work with men, women, adolescents and children.

Sue Sweeney has taken up a job with the service’s mental health team in Longreach after working with the United Nations and in Sydney hospitals supporting cancer sufferers.

She says art therapy has a range of benefits.

“Art therapy is a very gentle way of working.

“The pressure is off people to have to talk so I think it enables them to explore how they are feeling and what’s going on, and being able to bring it out in a different way which perhaps isn’t as confronting as having to sit down and talk about how you’re feeling.”

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When Art Imitates Pain, It Can Help Heal, a Therapy Group Finds

When Art Imitates Pain, It Can Help Heal, a Therapy Group Finds – New York Times

When Art Imitates Pain, It Can Help Heal, a Therapy Group Finds

(First published : July 14, 2005)

The psychologist handed a painting by Frida Kahlo to a woman in a group therapy session for depression recently at a Brooklyn hospital. "I want you to tell me what you see here," the psychologist, María Sesín, said in Spanish. "What are you thinking about when you see this? How do you interpret it and relate it to your own lives?"

The paintings of Frida Kahlo help women open up in group therapy for depression at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn.

The woman, Cricelva Villicres, 52, started to cry. "This is a united family," she said. "I cannot identify with them. There was so much violence and blood between my mother and father."

The painting, "My Parents, My Grandparents and I," shows Kahlo as a naked child holding a blood-red ribbon connecting her to portraits of her parents and grandparents. The 11 women gathered around a long table at Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park took turns looking at it. When it was her turn, Vilma, who is 59, said: "It makes me feel very lonely. I have two children, but I am always alone. I do not have a family like this one." Vilma, who lives in
Prospect Park, spoke on the condition that her last name not be used, to protect her privacy.

The painting is one of 12 works by Kahlo that Dr. Sesín uses to treat Hispanic women who are suffering from depression, have been abused and have physical illnesses. The sessions are in Spanish, and the paintings help the women feel more comfortable discussing their traumatic experiences.

Though the effectiveness of her novel practice
has not been extensively evaluated, Dr. Sesín said Kahlo resonated with the women in her group not only because she was Mexican but also because she confronted some of the same emotional and physical problems. The paintings used in the therapy touch on themes like infidelity, violence, male dominance and infertility. Continued….

Art Therapy Helps Children Affected by Cancer

Art Therapy

From OncoLog, December 2003, Vol. 48, No. 12

Art Therapy Helps Children Affected by Cancer Express Their Emotions

by Karen Stuyck

Simple lines, bright colors, and primitive shapes give the artwork a decidedly childlike quality, but the scenes the young artists portray are disturbing—a floating house, a person jumping from a burning airplane, a sinister bee that drinks blood.

The art that these young patients and children of patients create is “a window into the less-conscious mind,” said Estela A. Beale, M.D., a child and adult psychiatrist and associate professor in the Department of Neuro-Oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The premise behind art therapy—using a young patient’s art for a psychotherapeutic purpose—is that creating pictures allows children to express what is uppermost in their minds more genuinely and spontaneously than they are apt to do in a discussion with the therapist. “What is really important is to let the children express themselves without any influence from an adult,” Dr. Beale said.

Pictures help the therapist understand the children’s perceptions and feelings about what is happening to them and explore possible alternatives to solving problems, Dr. Beale said.

Sometimes the child’s art expresses this information quite graphically, but often the young artist’s thoughts and feelings are “concealed, disguised, or expressed metaphorically,” Dr. Beale said. Continued…

Arts in Cancer

WUSA9.com – Art Therapy

Written by Andrea Roane

Created:5/18/2006 8:06:19 AM

Last Updated:5/18/2006 1:28:50 PM

In a study by researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, cancer patients reported a significant reduction in anxiety and depression after an hour long session with an art therapist.

At Georgetown’s Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program, they believe encouraging a creative response to breast cancer helps patients get in touch with their emotions and it improves their quality of life.

Cancer survivors look forward to the therapy session – a few hours where they can relax their body, clear their mind and let their creative juices to flow.

“Let the spirit of friendship and whatever you want to invite today to help inform your artwork.”

Leslie Blackburn and Lisa Flaxman are reaping the benefits of the healing power of art. The two women are bonded by a common thread. They are both breast cancer survivors. Their friendship blossomed while participating in the arts and humanities program at Lombardi’s Ourisman Breast Center.

These days, they relish spending peaceful moments making “friendship dolls.”

Attention to detail is important to these budding artists when creating their fancy figurines. But Instructor Karen Gallant says it’s not about producing perfection or even making something good.

“I notice them giving themselves permission to play. They give themselves permission to explore and express themselves. And it’s interesting, as the process goes on, what they begin to talk about, sometimes very openly, and share rather very vulnerable feelings.” Continued…

You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

Originally uploaded by Christi Nielsen.


The photo diary of a woman struggling with food. The visual message is most powerful.