Art Therapy for Mental Illness | Your Story

I think my first official diagnosis when I
was at the age of 10. It was really interesting because the more,
the more psychiatrists I saw, the more therapists I saw, the more hospitals I went to, I started to collect them. And this doctor would say this, and this doctor
would say that, and all of a sudden I was collecting them. And it became an identity. I did the whole doctors, and medication,
and therapy, and specialists, and that had some effect, minor. But the real thing that really made a difference
was place like 9 Muses and Rebel Center, and other places that saw me as a human being, and people who saw me as a human being, not as a diagnosis. If I wasn’t in a psych unit, I was here. And it kinda became my fulltime job to come
to 9 Muses because that was part of my wellness, and it was something as simple as if I got
to 9 Muses, then it meant I got out of bed, and it meant that I showered that day, and
it meant that I brushed my teeth, and I got out of the house. And for me, that can be difficult sometimes. So 9 Muses became my wellness fulltime job. So at 9 Muses, our motto is recovery through
the arts. Art allows me to do something with the thoughts
that I have in my head that I’m not always able to communicate with words, or that I communicate with words, and all of a sudden people start getting scared. But if I paint it, or I draw it, or I write
it, or I create it, it’s a little different because somehow it’s tangible and people can
see that. So, art has become something that helps me
to communicate what’s going on with me. It’s my interpretation, and there’s nothing
wrong with that, and if this is what I want, you don’t have to like it. Your Story segments brought to you in part
by the Brunetti Foundation.

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