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The Link Between Depression And Anxiety

The Link Between Depression And Anxiety

Many highly talented, creative people experience some degree of anxiety, as well as depression. This writer is a “psychologist and nutrition specialist who personally dealt with depression for nearly 20 years, and through his research developed a way to shift your focus and change your mindset, to re-gain control over your thoughts and feelings.” ~ […]

Sinead O'Connor on her creativity and dealing with depression

Sinead O’Connor on her creativity and dealing with depression

On or about April 24, 2012, an announcement was posted on her site www.sinead-oconnor.com that Sinead O’Connor has had to cancel her tour. She posted the following note: “With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bi polar disorder. “As you […]

Learning to be happy - The Happiness Hypothesis

Learning to be happy – The Happiness Hypothesis

The darkness before the dawn “Being happy is something you have to learn.” Harrison Ford Ford certainly has known plenty of unhappiness. He was shy as a child, bullied at school for not “fitting in.” According to Laura Silva Quesada, in her article A reminder from Indiana Jones, “Every day, they’d tease the future Indiana […]

Eric Maisel on meaning and depression

Eric Maisel on meaning and depression

Author, artist, performer, and creativity coach Janet Riehl interviewed Eric Maisel, PhD about his book “The Van Gogh Blues: A Creative Person’s Path Through Depression.” Janet Riehl: Eric, what I hear you saying is that when creative people in particular maintain a connection to their mission or purpose (you call it a Life Purpose Statement […]

Relieving the effects of SAD (seasonal affective disorder)

Relieving the effects of SAD (seasonal affective disorder)

By Jen Crippen. Now that the clocks have been turned back the days feel very short. Darkness will fall earlier everyday until December 21st, then the days start getting longer. This time of year many of us (including myself) start to feel the winter blues.  The past few years I have made a few changes […]

Depressed Creativity

Depressed Creativity

In her article Depressed Creativity, nochnoch (Enoch Li) admits that, like many people, she never thought she “had any creativity.” Here are some excerpts from the article: I equated creativity with artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, fashion… I was none of that – until I sunk into depression last year. And over the course of a […]

Perfectionism and Depression: What to Do When Being a Perfectionist Drags You Down

Perfectionism and Depression: What to Do When Being a Perfectionist Drags You Down

Here is an excerpt from an article by Sedona Training Associates staff and Hale Dwoskin: Do you ever think the following self-limiting beliefs? * It’s not OK to make a mistake * People will not like me if I’m not perfect * I’ll avoid anything I can’t do well * I’m a failure because I […]

Peter D. Kramer

You’re crazy. Or maybe not.

Do you ever feel depressed, anxious, obsessed, compulsive, too sensitive – or just out of it? Does that mean you’re really crazy? What does ‘crazy’ mean anymore, with so many categories of mental disorder? What does ‘normal’ even mean? Peter D. Kramer, clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown University, notes “Diagnostic labels are proliferating, and […]

Rethinking Creativity and Depression

Rethinking Creativity and Depression

Some five hundred years ago, mood disorders were considered to be based on an imbalance in four body “humors” or  fluids – yellow bile, black bile, blood, and phlegm. Too much black bile was thought to cause ‘melancholy’ and ‘madness.’ In her article “Clinical Depression Then and Now,” Patricia Waldron, M.D. noted, “Dürer’s energy and […]

Alexander McQueen: genius, drugs, suicide

Alexander McQueen: genius, drugs, suicide

Alexander McQueen was praised by many for his fashion design talents. He took his life by hanging in 2010. The title of a Daily Mail [UK] article by Jane Fryer was “A life in fashion: Alexander McQueen was the hooligan of the catwalk who loved to shock – but nothing could take away from his […]

Living With Extreme Mental States

Living With Extreme Mental States

As she noted at the start of her blog (in 2005), writer Liz Spikol “struggles with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder and OCD. I was also diagnosed with dissociative disorder N.O.S. — which means I suffer from intermittent depersonalization and derealization.” Here is part of a New York Times article that includes Spikol and others […]

All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep

All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep

James T. Webb, Ph.D. writes: “It has been my experience that gifted and talented persons are more likely to experience a type of depression referred to as existential depression.  “Although an episode of existential depression may be precipitated in anyone by a major loss or the threat of a loss which highlights the transient nature […]

Social Media and the Holiday Blues

Social Media and the Holiday Blues

By Rose Haywood Social media has provided us new ways to come together on a variety of platforms and across cultures, but it may also contribute to feelings of isolation and even depression. According to a recent study from the University of Michigan, frequent use of Facebook in particular was identified as having a negative […]

Running From Crazy docu by Barbara Kopple with Mariel Hemingway

Running From Crazy docu by Barbara Kopple with Mariel Hemingway

Running from Crazy is a new documentary by Barbara Kopple. “Through the eyes of Mariel Hemingway…it chronicles the story of three of the author’s grandchildren, Mariel, Margaux Hemingway and Joan ‘Muffet’ Hemingway (diagnosed with “bipolar schizophrenia”), daughters of Jack Hemingway, and their struggles with the family history of substance abuse, mental illness and suicide. “The […]

Emma Thompson and Depression

Emma Thompson and Depression

The National Institute of Mental Health site says “26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year… 57.7 million people.” And that doesn’t include many other people who suffer from untreated or undiagnosed anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges. As part of their programming for […]

Can Mood Swings Enhance Our Creativity?

Can Mood Swings Enhance Our Creativity?

“To assume, then, that such diseases usually promote artistic talent wrongly reinforces simplistic notions of the ‘mad genius.’” Kay Redfield Jamison In an interview for NPR radio, science writer Jonah Lehrer commented, “One of the surprising things that’s emerged from the study of moods…is that putting [people] in a bad mood — making them a […]

Kirsten Dunst and Dealing With Depression

Kirsten Dunst and Dealing With Depression

“I think most human beings go through some sort of depression in their life. And if they don’t, that’s weird.” Kirsten Dunst From an article by Josh Patner in Flare magazine, which continues: Dunst speaks from experience: In 2008, she checked into a rehab center in Utah to be treated for crippling depression. Things started […]

Too 'depressing' a topic for Valentine's Day?

Too ‘depressing’ a topic for Valentine’s Day?

Anne Tyler Lord writes: “Some may think that depression is too ‘depressing’ of a topic for Valentine’s Day. But I think it is the best because it is one of the holidays where many people experience depression, right up there with Christmas and New Year’s Eve. “And, what better way to care for your heart […]

Therese J. Borchard on her journey in treating depression

Therese J. Borchard on her journey in treating depression

“When you’re in the midst of depression, that’s the scariest thing — it seems that you’re going to feel like that forever. The pain created by depression kills almost 1 million people a year. It almost killed me, and it did kill my aunt. “If I can give just one person hope that there’s an […]

Elizabeth Gilbert on fear and creativity and mental health

Elizabeth Gilbert on fear and creativity and mental health

In the clip below from her TED conference presentation, writer Elizabeth Gilbert addresses a number of topics related to being creative – including fears and anxieties about “the work you were put on this Earth to do.” Also see the long video: Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius Summary: ‘Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible […]

Avoid holiday stress with "9 Holiday Depression Busters"

Avoid holiday stress with “9 Holiday Depression Busters”

In her article, 9 Holiday Depression Busters, Theresa Borchard shows how to keep stress levels low and depression and anxiety at bay over the holidays. Her 9 tips run from the serious “Avoid Toxic People,” and “Make Your Own Traditions,” to the seemingly frivolous, but ingenious, “Travel With Polyester, Not Linen.” Here’s a sample: #9: […]

Can being grumpy improve our thinking?

Mood disorders like anxiety and depression generally interfere with thinking and creativity. A variety of writers including Eric Maisel, Kay Redfield Jamison and Tom Wootton express different perspectives on my site Depression and Creativity. There is even a post on Irritable Male Syndrome, about the work of Jed Diamond. But what about being grumpy? Here […]

Mad To Live – the attitude and the foundation

This is by Kristin from the Candy Sandwich blog. See some related TalentDevelop links at the end. “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a […]

Mental health and personal growth – depression as an adaptation

According to The National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 21 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of people 18 and older in a given year, have a mood disorder, including major depression, dysthymia (chronic, mild depression), and bipolar disorder. [From my article Making Good Use of Depression. Photo: actor Hayden Christensen from the book […]

Mindfulness for stress and anxiety, and for advanced living

In his article “One Approach to Apply Immediately When Stress is Affecting Your Professional and Personal Life!“, Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. writes : “Mindfulness is the ability to intentionally paying attention to the present moment without our filters of judgment (e.g., good/bad, right/wrong, fair/unfair). “In other words, it is the art of cultivating the ability to […]

Learned helplessness, mojo and serenity - passivity and authentic happiness

Learned helplessness, mojo and serenity – passivity and authentic happiness

“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.” Janis Joplin One form of compromise is learned helplessness – an emotional and behavioral response in which a human being (or other animal) has learned to “give up” or act as if they are helpless, and loses motivation to act in their own best interest in a situation, […]

Robert Genn on Melancholy, Art and Happiness

Robert Genn on Melancholy, Art and Happiness

Excerpts from article Art and Happiness, by painter Robert Genn : In the recently published “Against Happiness,” popular writer Eric Wilson disparages our current love affair with putting on a happy face. With our “feel good” culture and the widespread use of happy drugs, everybody’s trying to be cheerful and there are no decent dollops […]

Jennifer Capriati on treating her depression

Jennifer Capriati on treating her depression

“Sometimes you get to a point where you can’t stop what you are thinking. It’s like you’re being taken over by a demon.” Excerpts from article: Jennifer Capriati tries to beat her demons, By Wayne Coffey, NYDailyNews.com July 15th 2007: Photo: Former child prodigy Jennifer Capriati is finding peace in her life in her home […]

Depression and creative people – managing depression releases more creativity

“I only know that summer sang in me a little while, that in me sings no more.” That excerpt from one of her sonnets expresses how much poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) probably knew of depression. Singer Marie Osmond has described her experiences suffering from postpartum depression in her book Behind the Smile: “I’m […]

The ‘model minority’ push to achieve tied to depression

One study has shown that as young as the fifth grade, Asian-American girls have the highest rate of depression… “Model minority” pressure — the pressure some Asian-American families put on children to be high achievers at school and professionally — helps explain the problem. Professor Eliza Noh says, “In my study, the model minority pressure […]

I fought the medication because I liked my creativity – Psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison

“There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness, and terror involved in this kind of madness [bipolar disorder]. When you’re high it’s tremendous. The ideas and feelings are fast and frequent like shooting stars, and you follow them until you find better and brighter ones.” Psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison, M.D. – in her article […]

Virginia Madsen on intention, health and longevity

Actor Virginia Madsen talks about her experience in ski school [Yes, Virginia, by Karen Breslau, More Magazine]: Her third day on skis [Breslau writes], she persuaded her instructor to take her to the top of a black-diamond run — the kind inevitably named Devil’s Gulch or Dead Man’s Curve. She wanted to test herself. “I […]