The Upside of Depression

I know it sounds odd to say there is an upside to depression, but there is. I've an acquaintance who told me he would not see a psychiatrist or submit to drug therapy in the form of antidepressants because the depression he regularly endured fueled the creativity of muse_gifhis writing, and he would not relinquish his angst-ridden muse. So be it; one must have the courage of one's convictions. My friend is not the exception; his numbers are legion.

Some of the most brilliantly creative minds have suffered from either manic depression or clinical depression. The beauty of the work and the passion of the creation serve as bitter-sweet solace to the creator. One need not be a Van Gogh to ride the poetic tempest. What I most want you to know is that, while depression can fuel your creativity, creativity in itself shouldn't exact death as its price. Committing suicide is *NOT* a creative act; it's an act of desperation and pain.

Never hesitate to seek professional help when suicidal thoughts begin to be your constant companions. You are in bad shape at that point and ought not to trust your mind to think cleanly for you--GET HELP IMMEDIATELY! Nevertheless, the outlet provided by the artistic effort, however modest it may be, can provide comfort to many of us. In a sense, our creative noodlings are frequently a form of therapy, so be sure to visit the The Dragon's Weyr page and noodle away a bit.



The Downside of Depression

Describing clinical depression as a case of "having the blues" is a gross understatement that shows ignorance and lacgarlandk of respect for the person experiencing a depressive bout. Unable to find desire or energy enough to get out of bed, to eat, speak, make love, work or create, a bipolar in a depressive state enters the dark portals of hell. Nothing pierces the gloom; one becomes interiorised -- eyes staring and lifeless -- inwardly focused.

One can experience delusions and suicidal ideation: death being preferable to the current, and continuous, agony. This period may change rapidly for some rapid-cycling bipolars, or it may be the more dominant mood.