On why I don't comment to every submission
Due to notes of support and interest, the chatroom BlockBusters is now open. If you are interested in moderating and have a calm, patient moderator personality, note me. I'll be there from time to time but definitely would love to have someone with experience and understanding of creative block, burnout, depression and so on who will be there more often. Note me!
It's been suggested by many researchers that creativity and depression are often coexistant in many individuals. Some say there is a biochemical factor, while others point to the fact that the areas of the brain that are most active during creative processes are also the areas most active during depressive episodes. Whether the emotional instability spurs the creativity or vice-versa is not certain, but what is certain is that there are many, many of you artists who suffer from manic-depression, schizophrenia, crippling depression and paralyzing burnout.
Someone very near and dear to me is suffering greatly from the inability to draw, which is how this person earns a living. What used to be a joy is now terrifying and where once they could spend 16 hours a day happily creating art, they find themself shaking and in tears at the very thought of picking up a pencil. It's surely the stress of having to please art editors and the critical public, but what I want to ask you all is this: are there any of you who also experience this? If so, what do you do? How do you get past the self-doubt and anxiety attacks to become prolific again? When all inspiration is gone, how do you push yourself through?
I hope some of you will post some of your own wisdom of experience. And I hope that any of you suffering this right now will find some comfort and guidance. I hope this can open a discourse on burnout, depression, and work-related problems. And finally, if anyone wants to open a chatroom (or join one if I open it) focusing on support for the seriously depressed (not just emo. I'm talking clinically depressed) then post a note here. I can't fix my friend. I don't have the experience to fully understand. So please help.
Articles of interest:
Brain Regions May Sap or Spur Creativity
Eccentric Artists and Mad Scientists
Defining Mental Illness
Creativity and Burnout
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