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Art for Heroes: A Culture Show Special

The Culture Show, 2011/2012 Episode 18 of 28

An examination of the role of art therapy in the rehabilitation of ex-servicemen suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tim Samuels meets veterans of recent British conflicts in the Falklands, the Persian Gulf and Northern Ireland, who reveal their personal battle with PTSD as a result of their military career. They are now using an unlikely weapon to help fight the psychological wounds of war - art.

Visiting art therapy sessions, Samuels discovers how drawing, sculpting and painting are helping the veterans manage the symptoms of PTSD. Dr Lukas Konopka, a professor of neurology in Chicago, has investigated the effects of art therapy on the brain in the treatment of PTSD. The results provide strong evidence of art's potential to heal.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 13 Nov 2011 19:00
BBC Two Scotland only

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