This study is an examination of how people in Hawaii are using art therapy methods to cope with anxiety disorders. Personal interviews were conducted with four individuals experiencing varying anxiety disorders and other mental health related issues. Results from the interviews revealed that the actual process of creating art and self-expression led to the alleviation of stress and anxiety, and not the end product itself. Additionally, two separate Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) questionnaires were administered to determine baseline and current anxiety levels prior to and after the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The questionnaires revealed that stress and anxiety levels have significantly increased since the pandemic.
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