Camp Lejeune recently held an art exhibit titled, Healing Wounds Through Expressive Freedom, which included the artwork of 30 marines and sailors from the base who participate in the arts program as a component of their therapy. One of the artists, Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah Warnick describes how art has helped him with the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sharing that “for me, the process of painting relaxes me and gives me a focal point so things aren’t out of control.” Gayla Elliott, art therapist at Lejeune, describes the therapy as “healing,” saying that it helps to reduce anxiety because of its “calming and soothing effects on the nervous system.” Ms. Elliot finds the therapy helps combat veterans who come back with a lot of intense emotional energy, stating, “Art gives them an outlet for their rage and anger, their anxiety and stress. It gives those feelings a voice.”
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