The Boston Marathon tragedy further emphasizes the need for accessible tools to address the emotional burden of trauma in children.
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) represent significant burdens for those afflicted, as well as their caregivers and military and civilian healthcare delivery systems.
Given this suffering and strain, new approaches to address the treatment of PTSD & TBI are urgently needed to help active service members thrive while performing their duties, and also to ensure they integrate safely with society while off-duty or when they make the transition to veteran status.
Harlan Krumholz MD, SM
“If we can demonstrate that emotion affects outcomes and art affects emotion, then a logical path to better outcomes would involve more attention to engaging people in artistic pursuits.”
“Poetry (whose root is the Greek poesis or ‘making’) both reflects our own experience and transforms it. The activity of making something artistically is transformative but not entirely rational. Individuals take their obsession, grief, pain and hope and try to turn it into something. This ‘making’ may not result in a cure but it is ultimately healing.”