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Of potential interest to people who don't normally read my actor-blog: Thoughts about and inspired by the (unexpectedly amazing) movie Phoebe in Wonderland, on the topic of mental health.

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djarum99
Mar. 20th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
Theatre (or sports, or whatever pursuit helps a kid to connect to what will make them a whole adult) isn't a cure for psychological issues, and another reason to recommend Phoebe in Wonderland is that it knows that. But for so, so many people, it is an incredibly valuable building block in an effective coping strategy

Wonderfully insightful post. I'm a therapist specializing in trauma treatment, and I've seen wondrous things happen for children and adults who discover art, music, drama, horseback riding, yoga, anything that provides a mind/body channel for self-creation, processing, expression, connecting to others and to their own experience. These things are effective - there are some fantastic programs and research outlined here, including one called "Trauma Drama" for violence-exposed kids in Boston.

Phoebe is beautifully done, on so many levels. The little girl living down the rabbit hole, her parents inability to accept her distress and what it means, the recognition that there are no easy answers or magic wands.

Thanks so much for posting the link to the thinky ♥
wiliqueen
Mar. 20th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, and thank you! It was such an unexpected gem to encounter, and I'm glad to hear the endorsement from a professional with more specialized knowledge than mine.

As happy as I am with the shape my work takes now, I occasionally find myself missing the Davis kids and being part of all that. It's pretty awe-inspiring.

Thanks for the link too!
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