Using Art to Escape from Pain

“I’m writing for all of you. Broken heart only to share the pieces. The pain is presented with love.” - Nina Ruiz, Doctors’ Orders



Poetry meets artwork and photography.

Author, poet, and actress Nina Ruiz is bridging the gap between tragedy and artistic expression in her newest collection Doctors’ Orders (available on Amazon). Nina teaches how art can be used to channel negative emotions, stress, and trauma, turning them into something positive.


One might say that Doctors’ Orders is a book inspired by life. An actress, singer, and dancer from an early age, Nina began to feel the pressure and judgement about her looks, which led to an eating disorder. Losing her mom as a teenager took her deeper into a dark place of depression and loss. Writing became a comfort for her to work through her emotions, and she encourages others to try to turn obstacles into opportunities to grow and find greater strength. The book offers vibrant works of art and photography, which are created by Ruiz herself.


Doctors’ Orders comes out of the pain and depression that kept trying to take charge of Nina’s life. Seeking help through therapy, Nina was advised to journal. With a background in the arts already, painting and poetry and writing music became her way of journaling. She found relief in the practice, and hopes it can help others, too. Overcoming tragedy and loss is never easy, but art is a way to cope, heal, grow, and move forward in life. It’s a constructive outlet that helps to move emotion through you, whether it be through words, paintings, dance, or music.


Nina looks to inspire others through her work. “Speak up on the issues with depression and anyone who feels there’s nothing left to live for.” Her message is one of strength and hope, encouraging others to never give up. Readers will find a collection with themes involving sex, heartbreak, love, pain, and sadness, as well as joy, all coming from the real and raw emotions Ruiz experienced in her own life. The book is gripping and relatable.


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