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Support Group Spotlight: Art And Buddhist Principles Help Women With Fibromyalgia
Wednesday 4 March 2020
From US news outlet the Valley News:
Support Group Spotlight: Art and Buddhist principles help women with fibromyalgia
LEBANON — Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder that’s often misunderstood.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is characterized by widespread body pain and stiffness, trouble sleeping, fatigue, and depression and anxiety. Women are twice as likely as men to have fibromyalgia.
Julie Püttgen is a therapist who works in the rheumatology department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where she assists people diagnosed with fibromyalgia in addition to practicing somatic and expressive arts therapy at the Center for Integrative Health in Hanover. She is also an artist and meditation teacher.
In 2016, Püttgen started Fibromyalgia Experiential Arts Team, known as FEAT, a support group for women diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The next gathering is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Women’s Health Resource Center in downtown Lebanon.
In an email question and answer interview, Püttgen discussed why she started FEAT and how she incorporates art and Buddhism to assist people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It has been edited for length, style and clarity.
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