Art Therapy Helps PTSD

A new program in Colorado Springs is helping military personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder deal with their affliction through one of man’s oldest pastimes: art.

Veterans and retired military personnel are getting help from an organization called Military Creative Expressions in art therapy.

A veteran named Juliet Madsen was forced to retire after an explosion in Iraq gave her a traumatic brain injury, leading to the development of PTSD. She tried yoga and medication, among other things, but the only thing that seemed to help was the art therapy provided by MCE.

Madsen paints and quilts, and several of her quilts have been displayed in the Library of Congress. She says, “The more I painted, the more I quilted, the better I felt, the more calm I felt.”

With 30 active artists in the program, the organization is attempting to expand their offerings to members of artists’ families in order for all those involved to start to heal.

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