Painting will be very helpful for people with post-traumatic syndrome, or those who are constantly in a stress state. The fact that such activity calms the amygdale, i.e. the area of the brain that is responsible for generating emotions. When you focus on coloring pictures, you give your brain a chance to rest and relax.
It is believed that the company The McLoughlin Brothers (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLoughlin_Brothers) invented the coloring books. They published a book called The Little Folks' Painting Book in collaboration with Kate Greenaway in 1880.