Has anyone ever been encouraged or volunteered to draw their condition?
It sounds bonkers, particularly as many of us struggle with invisible symptoms. However it has been indicated that creating art in an effort to communicate symptoms and emotions can be diagnostically beneficial. Artistic activity is proven to have psychological and physiological benefits in patients with a variety of conditions. It helps to distract from symptoms, provide enjoyment and reduce stress, and lower stress improves overall health.
Picking up a pencil and marking a blank page is far easier than unlocking your jaw and spilling the beans on all the ways your body is failing you. So it could be a shortcut to a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment plan for patients who struggle to articulate verbally. I know I have struggled to tell people about my symptoms in the past, particularly my parents, thus putting a delay on getting the ball rolling.
Has anyone ever tried?
Anyone interested in trying?
NB: As well as a personal motivation, I am also shortly going to be carrying out a research project on this subject for university. Any comments would be very much appreciated.