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Dance, boys and girls, dance!

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Dance therapy can be a successful method for reaching children and adolescents with problems. This has been shown in a research project at Karlstad University and the University College of Dance in Stockholm, Sweden. Hyperactive and unruly boys with ADHD became calmer and played better with playmates. Depressed and self-destructive teenage girls were better at setting limits, and their depression was alleviated. For some groups in child and youth psychiatry it is difficult to find effective or sufficient treatment. These include boys with ADHD and depressed, self-destructive adolescent girls. A research project in the province of Värmland, Sweden, shows that dance therapy is a form of treatment that can work when other more traditional treatments fail or are insufficient.