Using artwork to understand and address the psychosocial challenges facing children and adolescents with epilepsy

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Abstract

Artwork is a valuable and underutilized technique for exploring the self-esteem and psychological challenges facing children and adolescents with epilepsy and other chronic diseases. Having children with epilepsy draw a picture of their seizure correlates reliably with seizure type, provides insight into the child's developmental level, and allows expression of inner feelings such as helplessness, vulnerability, and self-concept. Art therapy focus groups are beneficial in helping children with epilepsy express their feelings nonverbally and get to know peers facing similar challenges. On the occasion of Epilepsy and Behavior's 20th anniversary, this article reviews the usefulness of art for exploring the self-concept of patients with epilepsy and acknowledges the journal's support of this informative, inexpensive, and empowering adjunctive technique. “Special Issue: Epilepsy & Behavior's 20th Anniversary”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106572
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume101
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Artwork
  • Children
  • Drawings
  • Epilepsy
  • Psychosocial
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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