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Health.com: 12 Mental Tricks That Fight Pain

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Tapping Into Your Creativity

Art therapy is gaining more credibility in medical settings, with some hospitals having dedicated therapy—often geared to children.

But the technique works in adults as well, with one study reporting that one hour of art therapy relieved physical and psychological symptoms in people living with HIV/AIDS.

The same group of researchers earlier found that playing with clay, glitter glue, yarn, beads, colored pencils, and an array of other art supplies relieved symptoms of pain and anxiety in cancer patients.

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