Tag Archives: Art

Synchronicity painting, managing bipolar mania with PTSD, purpose to keep going

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I have been sharing what helps me manage bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder. Along the way, I have been creating from my room (where I spend most of my time). I never get bored. I always have something I want to do which gives me meaning… Read More »

Synchronicity painting in progress. Dancing painting to Maniac with bipolar mania processing PTSD.

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder. I have been posting some videos of my progress with painting Synchronicity. It is completely improvised & I listen to music that fits my mood. My mood is currently elevated (been getting mania symptoms so have… Read More »

Music changes mood, allows emotional expression without distress. PTSD, bipolar, depression.

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I have been sharing some of my journey of how I gently process trauma, grief and stuck emotions. I use music, movement and creative expression. My trauma psychologist agrees that I have done most of the processing on my own. Along the way, created art that people find interesting. I… Read More »

Letting go of perfectionism is freeing. Improvising creatively. Healing Tears. PTSD. Bipolar.

My name is Xanthe Wyse and I have been sharing several short, unedited videos about mental health and how improvised creativity helps me manage my mental health (diagnosed bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder = PTSD, social anxiety disorder). Creative expression with music is the key to helping me process trauma with out re-traumatising myself. My… Read More »

Managing Anxiety with Coronavirus, Covid-19 Uncertainty. New Zealand lockdown.

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I vlog about mental heatlh and what has helped me. I have had a lot of anxiety as well as panic attacks with my diagnoses of bipolar 1 disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder. The situation with coronavirus has progressed very quickly with arrival into New Zealand. Drastic… Read More »

CouRage dragon-bird phoenix sculpture from re-purposed materials

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder & post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Most of my trauma processing is done in creative ways. Mostly without speaking. I made this dragon-bird phoenix with egg out of re-purposed materials. The only new item was a wooden egg for under $3. The bright colours… Read More »

How I use music & creativity to process trauma without re-traumatising myself. Painting, art, PTSD.

My name is Xanthe Wyse & I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (type 1) & post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) & social anxiety disorder. I am on meds to reduce the severity of bipolar disorder and I am finally seeing a trauma psychologist. I have been processing trauma mostly in creative ways for over 3… Read More »

Processing Trauma with Creative Expression. PTSD, Bipolar.

My name is Xanthe Wyse & I have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder. Clinicians see them as separate, but the way I experience them is together – they interact. I have been seeing a trauma therapist (clinical psychologist specialising in trauma) for over 6 months. She agrees that I do… Read More »

CouRage sculpture in progress. Bird-dragon. Childlike express is therapeutic.

My name is Xanthe Wyse & I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder & post-traumatic stress disorder. I find creative expression telling metaphorical stories to be therapeutic. Usually I listen to music that is linked somehow – whatever I want to express. Here I am making a bird-dragon with egg sculpture out of re-purposed materials.… Read More »

Creative Process to process trauma & grief and to create stories

My name is Xanthe Wyse and I have been vlogging about mental health. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder. A trauma psychologist acknowledges that I have been doing most of the trauma & grief processing on my own in creative ways. I have been sharing some of… Read More »

CouRage – building sculpture from re-purposed materials to process trauma

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (type 1) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I am making a symbolic sculpture called CouRage from re-purposed materials including 2 old wire coat hangers, 2 marbles, wire, an old tin that says ‘inserted saw teeth’ and a wooden egg I painted with nail… Read More »

Soar Purpose – 'Reckless' gold layer painting abstract bird

My name is Xanthe Wyse. See other recent videos of snippets of painting Soar Purpose. Listening to Wings by Delta Goodrem. The painting could have been ‘finished’ at several previous stages but I feel now it needs a bit of colour poking through the gold so may add some hints of the colours again. Song… Read More »

Soar Purpose. Completed abstract bird in acrylics reveal from dark room to full daylight.

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I find painting to be therapeutic. I have had one solo art as therapy exhibition and intend to have another this year. I have been showing some snippets of how I paint (recent videos). I paint listening to music so don’t talk while painting (although I might sing along in… Read More »