This chapter begins by defining mental illness and provides criteria to understand when symptoms reach a significant level to be considered a mental health condition illness. Readers will learn about the history of diagnosing mental health conditions and how therapists diagnose patients today. Historical connections are presented between art and mental illness and how these helped to shape the current field of art therapy. The chapter provides different ways art therapy supports mental health and mental health recovery and concludes with information about art therapy for specific disorders and in different settings.
Foundations of Art Therapy Theory and Applications 2022, Pages 335-377,