Writing and Depression

October 12, 2008

CNN had an interesting article that links writing and depression, basically saying that the more creative you are the higher chance you might be clinically depressed or bi-polar. This of course doesn’t mean if you’re depressed or bi-polar that you will be an amazing artist, but it does help to explain the suicides and disease ridden artists throughout time. Of course I point to examples like Hemingway or Hunter S. Thompson. It is a terrible thing for these people to go through and for those that have it, I think that art is a form of release from it, a way to put your emotions into words to express them through a vehicle that doesn’t point directly to you. I don’t think I have these diseases so I am happy for that, but I do appreciate the works and expressions of those that did. I am sorry for your suffering all of you out there.

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