We’ve all heard or read how the infamous Sylvia Plath stuck her head in an oven and committted suicide at the young age of thirty. (If you haven’t, click here) Plath suffered from clinical depression. We’ve also heard about other writers and creatives who suffer from depression. Many writers forget or may not even be aware that we’re more prone to writer’s depression.
My aim in blogging about this today is to ease and help cope with my own depressive state at this very moment.
Out of all creatives, those who write are more prone than any other type of creatives.
If you’re not a writer but know someone who is, check in on them from time to time. Even if they seem happy. A mental health check is pertinent to that writer because we tend to isolate ourselve for hours to day to weeks or months when creating. We’re also our own worse critic and even the slightest bad review on our work can set off doubt and self-loathing within ourself.
The best advice I’ve ever received as a writer is to write in a public setting around other people, such as a library.
This helps with the isolation aspect of it. I personally tried this and agree that this does help with feeling isolated as well as my overeating.
So check on your fellow creatives..especially our young and teen writers.
If you or anyone you know are having thoughts of suidicide, there is help:
You call or chat with someone using the above link.
Deaf or hard of hearing? tel:1-800-799-4889
In 1985 William Styron fell victim to a crippling and almost suicidal depression, the same illness that took the lives of Randall Jarrell, Primo Levi and Virginia Woolf. That Styron survived his descent into madness is something of a miracle. That he manages to convey its tortuous progression and his eventual recovery with such candor and precision makes Darkness Visible a rare feat of literature, a book that will arouse a shock of recognition even in those readers who have been spared the suffering it describes
This blog post is dedicated to the late Haitian blogger and writer, Kreyolicious.