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1. Male and female patients aged from 18 to 65 years old.

2. The accordance with diagnostic criteria of International Classification of Diseases (10-th edition) for various types of somatical depressions.

3. Rating of depression on the Hamilton’s scale (HDRS) [7].   

The examination was performed as the monopsychotherapy method. There was provided the wash-out period at which all the psychotropic drugs were avoided for patients not less than 48 hours prior the basal psychiatric and neurological evaluation of the patient’s status. In a case of acute excitement or severe insomnia there was allowed the application of benzodiazepine drugs. Psychotherapy course for all the patients was 12 weeks.

The choice of topics and techniques of art-therapy is defined on the estimation of the necessities of the group and general tasks for correction and prophylactics of affective prepsychotic disorders. The process of the group art-therapy included three main stages: (1) the stage of basal diagnostics and formation of therapeutic and group relations; (2) main stage, directed to reconstruction of personality and harmonization of the patient’s system of relations; (3) Final stage (Table 1) [8].

Table 1

Characteristics of the group art-therapy for correction of affective disorders in examined sample group


Purposes of the stage

1 Stage

Preliminary interview and preparation of patients for taking part in the group work, evaluation of anamnesis and concomitant diseases, formation of intent for atr-therapeutic treatment; beginning of work with the group, acquaintance of the group members.

2 Stage

Psychological self-revelation of the members of the group (individual needs, feelings and problems) in creative activity and discussions; processing of internal personal conflicts, changes of self-overview in patients about themselves and others, getting of a new experience and new skills by patients.

3 Stage

Summarizing the results of the group work, fixation of the acquired experience and skills and also planning by the group members the exact steps on application the acquired experience in their every day’s life

For objectifications of the clinical data there was provided the secondary application of the psychometric scale HDRS. The evaluation was performed on different stages of treatment: before the course of art-therapy there was estimated

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