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This chapter describes Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder that starts during childhood. It includes the description of the condition, characteristics/symptoms of the condition, how the condition affects the patient’s life, related conditions, intervention/treatment, recent years’ research findings and the means by which art therapy activities can help persons with ADHD.

Chapter Objectives:

Upon completion of this Chapter you should be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics/symptoms of the condition
  • Understand how the condition affects the patient’s life
  • Understand the means by which persons with ADHD can be helped

Dementia is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms including memory loss, problems with reasoning and communication, and a reduction in a person's ability to carry out daily activities such as washing, dressing and cooking. This chapter provides information about the condition, as well as different ways of using the arts for treatment.

Chapter Objectives:

Upon completion of this Chapter you should be able to:

  • To have a basic awareness of dementia and how it can affect both the person and their family
  • To understand some of the treatments for dementia
  • To have an understanding of how some of the arts can help people with dementia

Clinical depression is more than just the "blues," being "down in the dumps," or experiencing temporary feelings of sadness we all have from time to time in our lives. It is a serious condition that affects a person's mind and body. This chapter includes information about basic aspects necessary to identify depression: the types and levels, risk factors, symptoms. It also describes in detail how this depression affects important aspects of life.

Chapter Objectives:

Upon completion of this Chapter you should be able to:

  • Recognize the symptoms of depression and likewise recognizing the degree of it.
  • Identify the type of depression which is facing.
  • Realize if this suffering burn out (if that is a direct caregiver)
  • Establish the type of depression which is facing.
  • Determine the risk factors in a person with depression.
  • Learn about different case studies on the use of art therapy in people with depression
  • Learn about new techniques for the treatment of depression.
  • Know as the different techniques of art therapy used in the treatment of depression.

This chapter focuses on drug addiction, providing information on the condition and the ways it affects different aspects of life. This chapter also presents ways that the arts can be used as intervention for drug addiction patients.

Chapter Objectives:

Upon completion of this Chapter you should be able to:

  • Recognize how the drug addiction affects the patient`s life
  • List the related conditions of drug addiction
  • Describe the interventions or treatment of drug addiction including use of arts

Eating disorders are one of the most crucial categories of long-term conditions, as a significant amount of people are diagnosed globally. This chapter describes the different eating disorders and how they affect a person’s life, as well as the life of their friends and families. In this chapter you can also find different intervention suggestions that can be applied through the arts to help patients with long-term conditions.

Chapter Objectives:

Upon completion of this Chapter you should be able to:

  • Describe the core symptoms of anorexia and bulimia
  • Explain types of feeding and eating disorders
  • Describe comorbidities of eating disorders
  • Review evidence-based treatment options
  • Analyse how eating disorders affect the daily life of the person

This chapter includes information about basic aspects necessary to work with people with intellectual disabilities: the types and levels, risk factors, symptoms. It also describes in detail how this condition affects the patient's life and how depression affects caregivers too. It also includes some of the most recent in terms of psychotherapy through the arts studies and art therapies most commonly used in de improvement of skills in intellectual disabilities.

Chapter Objectives:

Upon completion of this Chapter you should be able to:

  • Differentiate the types of disabilities
  • Recognize the types of intellectual disabilities
  • Identify the different levels of intellectual disabilities and their causes
  • Describe the different levels of severity regarding intellectual disabilities and the areas affected
  • Identify the ways caregivers are affected when dealing with people with intellectual disabilities
  • Describe the types of adaptations and needs required for each intellectual disability
  • Discuss the later techniques around working with people with intellectual disabilities
  • Identify different forms of art therapy that can be applied with people with intellectual disabilities

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops following a stressful event or situation of an exceptionally threatening or catastrophic nature, which is likely to cause pervasive distress in almost anyone. This chapter describes the condition, the ways it affects a person’s life and interventions that professionals can apply through the use of the arts.

Chapter Objectives:

Upon completion of this Chapter you should be able to:

  • To have a basic awareness of post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how it can affect both the person and their family
  • To understand some of the treatments for PTSD
  • To have an understanding of how some of the arts can help people with PTSD