2 posts tagged “art therapy”

See our members’ online art show!

Posted 7 months ago by

PatientsLikeMe members have a lot in common beyond their experiences with their health conditions. For example: a love of creativity and visual arts.

For the second year in a row, PatientsLikeMe members have contributed to an online community art show, hosted in our Mental Health and Behavior forum but open to all members. With their permission, we’ve highlighted a sampling of our members’ artwork — from drawings, paintings and photographs to jewelry, fabric and graphic arts — in a new Facebook album.

“BLUE CITY – MOROCCO,” OIL ON CANVAS BY MEMBER CRAIG BRAQUET

In total, the 2017 art show and 2018-19 art show drew (no pun intended!) 300+ forum posts and 2,000+ “likes” — data that shows we’re a vibrant and supportive social network for patients. (Psst — join PatientsLikeMe or log in to see all the wonderful entries in these art shows and connect with thousands of others living with 2,700+ health conditions.)

“PatientsLikeMe is a large community but events like this highlight just how connected and comfortable members feel to share their talents with each other,” says Vivien Roman-Hampton, our mental health community moderator and a licensed social worker. “These examples of such amazing art are a reminder that our members are more than their health challenges — they are complex, unique, creative individuals. I’m thrilled to be able to see this all come together.”

Sharing about artwork and creative outlets isn’t entirely “off topic” in a place where people come to discuss their health conditionssymptoms and treatments; some members consider art therapyjournaling and other forms of expression part of their self-care and treatment regimen (click on these links to learn more about how much these practices help).

Artist or not, we hope you’ll join our community — and follow us on Facebook and Instagram — to stay in the loop on all things PatientsLikeMe!


Art as Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease

Posted October 23rd, 2012 by

Do you have a creative outlet that helps you cope with your health condition?  Here are two examples of Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients in our community who are expressing their emotions through painting, despite hand tremors and other challenging symptoms.  (See even more PD patient artwork in this inspiring forum thread.)

"Iggy the Iguana" by PD member mezzomom

“Iggy the Iguana” by PD member mezzomom

"Autumn Still Life with Mouse" by PD Artist J. Marley, who learned to paint with his non-dominant hand after developing tremors

“Autumn Still Life with Mouse” by PD member J. Marley

If you’re a PD patient with an artistic bent, we encourage you to share your work with our community.  You may also want to participate in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project, which “exists to explore, support and encourage the therapeutic value of creativity in Parkinson’s.”  Paintings, drawings, photographs, songs, crafts and more are displayed in the project’s Gallery of Artwork, and a wall calendar is created each year featuring the work of 13 selected artists.

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