While we posted this article as part of a "Psych In The News" feature a number of months ago, it is worth highlighting again and having a read through if you have not yet already ...
The article (a summary of which can be found here: http://www.medicaldaily.com/treating-depression-kitchen-cooking-baking-classes-can-double-therapy-313792), reviews how cooking classes are a quickly growing adjunct therapy for various psychiatric conditions, most notably depression. Especially for affected teens, cooking classes can "soothe stress, build self-esteem and curb negative thinking".
"Psychologists say #cooking and #baking are pursuits that fit a type of therapy known as behavioral activation. The goal is to alleviate depression by boosting positive activity, increasing goal-oriented behavior and curbing procrastination and passivity.
“If the activity is defined as personally rewarding or giving a sense of accomplishment or pleasure, or even seeing the pleasure of that pumpkin bread with chocolate chips making someone else happy, then it could improve a sense of well-being,” says Jacqueline Gollan, associate professor of #psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago."