This book is a concise introduction to the background, theory, and practice of a method of therapy which uses the dramatic process to help people during times of stress, emotional upheaval, illness or disability. Illustrated throughout with vivid examples from dramatherapy sessions, An Introduction to Dramatherapy shows how drama can be used in an intentional and directional way to achieve constructive change with individuals or groups. In particular, the book highlights the power of drama as a therapeutic medium because of its foundations in metaphor, power which can be harnessed through the use of techniques such as role play, enactment, story-telling and the use of puppets and masks.
Chapter 8: Dramatherapy and other Forms of Disorder of Mind
Dramatherapy and other Forms of Disorder of Mind
As well as the range of disorders of thought and affect normally classified as psychoses, there are other disorders of thinking and feeling. These include personality dysfunction, situational anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse. In this chapter, dramatherapy is described with people who are not suffering from psychosis but who are nevertheless troubled in these other ways.
Personality traits are habitual and persistent patterns of thought and behaviour that have been present throughout adult life and can be distinguished from episodic symptoms developed later as the result of illness. There is still much discussion about the treatability of personality dysfunction. It is not regarded as an illness because it pertains ...