Creativity : Creativity & Depression
Creativity and Depression
Is there a link? Do creativity and depression go hand-in-hand? What do the experts say? What do creatives say?
Some people believe that there is a definitive link between depressive disorders and the ability to express deep, intense levels of creativity. Others claim that there is no link (or not enough information available at this time) to support the belief. Eric Maisel, Ph.D. has put forth that depression in some creative people may be a symptom of lack of meaning (or meaning-making) in one's life. Therapist Lisa Riley writes how depression could spring from the repressed voice of creativity.
Wherever on the spectrum of this controversial subject you side, the following collection of books, articles, anecdotes, and research details some eye-opening relationships between creativity and depression in individuals.
Creativity & Depression Articles & Sources
Existential Depression: Eric Maisel Interview The Van Gogh Blues
A Self-Coaching Guide through Eric Maisel's "The Van Gogh Blues"
Mental Health: Creativity and Depression
Famous People with Mood Disorders
Creativity and Depression: Getting Out of the Hole