"a drug intervention reporting medium effect sizes similar to those found for Expressive Writing (Smyth, 1998) would be regarded as a major medical advance." Spiegel 1999
There is a growing body of evidence which supports the benefits of writing for physical and emotional health and development. The US social psychologist Professor James Pennebaker is at the forefront. His studies have shown that expressive writing can make you healthier and happier.
In the UK Dr Gillie Bolton, Research Fellow in Medical Humanities at Sheffield University, has based her practice and research around writing since discovering its potential for uncovering "the enduring self". In her book The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing she says, "Writing is a means of making sense of experience, and arriving at a deeper understanding of the self."
Article: Writing to Heal
American Psychological Association, Bridget Murray
Research: Emotional and Physical Health Benefits of Expressive Writing
Karen A. Baikie and Kay Wilhelm