In the USA, 40 million adults are diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder every year. The diversity of therapies, exercise programs and treatments goes even higher day by day for curing anxiety disorders. Scream Therapy is one of them.
Scream therapy is exactly what comes to your mind first: it includes screaming. The key point in a scream therapy is to understand our anger and to learn the healthy ways to express this anger. Established by Psychotherapist Dr. Arthur Janov, the Scream Therapy or Primal Therapy is based on the idea that screaming will decrease the stress. Therapy is briefly described as releasing the stress and working on it.
Can Screaming be Helpful in Treating Anxiety?
Theoretically, screaming can be therapeutic. Thompson says a “scream therapy” or “primal therapy” would be therapeutically beneficial for children who are suppressed by intimidation, domestic violence sufferers who cannot ask for help when they are abused, those who suffer from bullying, those in the process of mourning, or for those who have depression and anxiety disorder. Gin Love Thompson, a psychotherapist and a relationship consultant, states that this therapy method helps people relax by screaming or punching a safe object like a sand bag by establishing a connection with negative emotions. Porter says that the scream therapy could be a useful way to reach suppressed feelings, as a part of a holistic study conducted by an experienced psychologist. Thompson, however, uses this therapy as a preventive treatment in a holistic therapy; She teaches her counselees to release the energy suppressed in the root chakra, which is said to be in relation with our sense of survival. She enables her counselees to discharge their energy with a high-pitch voice under a controlled manner while they are squatting, holding their feet (Non-Yogi’s Guide to 7 Chakras). Thompson encourages people to get professional guidance on this matter..
Nevertheless, the scream therapy is not a way to decrease the sense of anxiety or to cope with a suppressed feeling by itself. Furthermore, experts are warning that an unsupported and unprepared scream therapy may damage the vocal cords and lead to many other similar negative situations. The counselee must be taught the methods to cope with the negative situations they face, before commencing the therapy. If the therapy is initiated before the counselee is ready or if the therapy is managed poorly, the counselee may get psychologically damaged. Screaming, as a method of expressing anger and disappointment, can be potentially devastating or even abusing for the people around you.