Alison Page is creating an art book entitled Healing from Psychiatry: An Artist’s Perspective. She has close to 50 contributors from all over the world who have suffered or are suffering as a result of psychiatric treatments and medications. Alison shares this:
The focus of the book is on how people have used art to help them during their recovery from psychiatric treatments and medications. Some recoveries can be so intense that distracting by creating art becomes a survival mechanism.
The book contains a variety of mediums including paintings, photographs, short essays, excerpts from books and plays, lots of poetry, and a resource list and helpful tips for people who have recovered and also people still going through recovery.
My hope is that this book will be a useful tool for people going through recovery from psychiatric drugs and treatments. During my recovery, my cognition and ability to concentrate suffered. As a result, reading novels became impossible, but I could still appreciate art and read in short bursts. Having a book of art made by others on the same path would have been a comforting and useful resource.
You can read about Alison’s story with anxiety and the benzodiazepines on this blog I published last year.
Here is the link to learn more and support this wonderful and inspiring project of hers via her GoFundMe campaign if it feels like a fit for you.