Army veteran uses art to cope with PTSD RYAN WILUSZ Staff Writer   Jan 2, 2018   It felt like a punch to the gut. James Gillon stepped off the plane in 2009 and felt the dry Afghanistan heat bombard his 19-year-old face like an enemy attack. But even more than the heat, he felt uncertain Read More

Art & Healing | PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) represent significant burdens for those afflicted, their caregivers, and military and civilian healthcare delivery systems. New approaches are urgently needed to help active service members suffering from PTSD & TBI thrive on duty and successfully transition to civilian life. The application of creative and expressive therapies Read More

Calm Through Creativity: How Arts Can Aid Trauma Recovery

TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE It takes a lot of effort for the brain to deal with trauma. Whether because of post-traumatic stress disorder or the many adaptive behaviors that victims use instinctively in threatening situations, the traumatized brain is constantly on high-alert, particularly its lower regions, where survival instincts originate. Simple artistic activities like drawing or sculpting Read More

Powerful Photos Depict Veterans Who Use Art Therapy To Heal

POSTED ON JUNE 1, 2015 UPDATED ON JUNE 1, 2015 This photo series originally appeared in the February issue of National Geographic magazine. Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan often return home with wounds that can’t be seen on the surface: brain injuries resulting from the shockwaves that follow explosions. Some veterans, including service members at Walter Read More