For as long as humanity has been documented, art has played an important role in self-expression. But more than that, engaging in creative art courses could be linked with a decrease in symptoms of anxiety and depression, along with a boost in well-being, according to a research study conducted at the University of Gloucestershire and Cardiff Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom, and published in 2021 in Public Health.

Anxiety and depression affect our quality of life, our relationships, and the quality of our intimate moments and social interactions. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults ages 18 and older, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America. It is not uncommon for individuals with anxiety to receive a diagnosis of depression. Around one-third of people diagnosed with depression are found to suffer anxiety, too.

Although anxiety is highly treatable, only 36.9 percent of sufferers receive treatment. In