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The therapeutic use of art with women experiencing postpartum mood disorders

Dawn De Vries, DHA, CTRS, Crystal Schaible, CTRS, Kathryn Vincent, CTRS, Stephanie Sheridan, CTRS, Whitney Royston, CTRS, DeAnna Hohn

Abstract


This review article presents an exploration of the therapeutic use of art with women experiencing postpartum mood disorders (PPMD). Existing research is discussed to discover if the therapeutic use of arts is beneficial for women with PPMD and to identify the use of this intervention by recreational therapists. While limited research exists on the therapeutic use of art with women experiencing PPMD specifically, the research on two specific programs for this population demonstrated positive outcomes including a reduction in symptoms, increased self-esteem, improved self-confidence, and enhanced social supports. Guidelines are suggested for the implementation of the therapeutic use of art with women living with PPMD, as well as topics for future study.


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postpartum mood disorders, therapeutic use of art, recreational therapy, postpartum depression

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/ajrt.2017.0132

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