The Link Between Depression and Writing

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“I’m so glad I don’t look like what I’ve been through.” -Shirley Caesar

I have experienced bipolar disorder with a hodgepodge of symptoms and in varying degrees of severity since I was 17 years old. During my depressive phases, I slipped into profound emotional angst where it seemed I felt, at the core of my soul, every emotion possible for a human being to feel.

Even a small, seemingly benign, occurrence would bring me to tears. I frequently tell of the time I went to buy my kitten’s prescription food, and the store had raised the price by $5. I, literally, stood in the aisle with tears streaming down my cheeks thinking, “what the hell is wrong with me?”

My depressions are dark, negative, and sometimes riddled with psychotic thinking. For every happy and positive thought I’ve ever had, there have been, equally as many, morose, somber, death-filled thoughts to take their place.

My take on depression is that it is an emotional, heart-wrenching disease that steals one’s dignity and lust for life. It has threatened to take away my will to live and has, at times, made the world look as bleak as a gray, winter sky. It has also been a mind-and-body numbing experience. Unable to feel any emotions, or sometimes, greatly restricted with regards to my affect, it has taken its toll on my sanity. But no matter how restricted I am, depression has always had, on the surface, waiting to break free, a plethora of feelings and emotions I’ve needed to address through introspection with the help of my therapist.

Over the years, I have learned many coping skills–some beneficial, some not. My greatest ally, however, has been my writing. It’s a catharsis for me that I can utilize anytime, anywhere there is paper and pen. When writing an engaging story, article, or essay, I have to be in touch with my feelings,

no matter how disturbing or exhilarating they may be. Being aware of strong emotions allows me to share all my passion about the topic and draw the reader into the piece. For me, writing is not only an excellent prescription for processing issues associated with depression, but it turns those depressive thoughts and feelings into expressive works of art.

When I can channel my negative emotions into a story that another person finds interesting or informative, it becomes a positive outlet for me, a way to transform my depression into something that benefits others as well as myself. And, for me, that is the power of writing.

6 Ways Writing Can Change Your Life

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For me, writing has always been a catharsis; a means to express myself in a way that is both personal and intimate and reflects the creative side of me that I cannot express in any other form. Artists demonstrate their talents through a variety of media including painting, sculpture, music, and theater. My chosen modality for conveying my skills is through pen and paper and the written word. Writing has come to mean many things for me and is as much a necessity in my life as the air I breathe. It has seen me through many rough spots as well as a great deal of joyous occasions. No matter what happens in my life, I always have the blank page ready and waiting to be filled with anything my mind can create. It is non-judgmental and forever forgiving.

Whether you are a novice or practiced writer, the following are six ways that writing can change your life for the better:

  1. Writing is a great way to get in touch with pent-up emotions and feelings that you cannot express out loud. Once written, they can be read aloud to a loved one or they can be hidden away under lock and key to be revealed at your discretion.
  2. Journaling is a proven form of stress relief and is incorporated into some types of psychotherapy.
  3. In a study comparing mechanized writing (e.g. on a computer) with that of handwriting, they found that handwriting is “often the real-life focal point of a successful and genuinely fulfilling life.”
  4. Writing, as a profession, can be an avenue to a lucrative and rewarding career due to the flexibility of being able to write from any location and for any company worldwide.
  5. Writing affects your cognitive skill such as memory and helps you retain the sharpness to your mind as you age.
  6. It will give you a sense of purpose and direction in life that you, otherwise, may not discover through other resources

 

 

The Single Most Difficult Aspect of the Writer’s Life

The Single Most Difficult Aspect of the Writer’s Life

The dream of pursuing writing as a career is one that many long for and fantasize about. Setting your own schedule, being your own boss, and allowing your creative side to flourish are all desirable goals for anyone wishing to aspire to the writer’s life.

For many years, I dreamed of quitting my high-stress career in healthcare and utilizing my knowledge in a new profession, that of writing. Recently, I was able to make the transition of full-time microbiologist to that of a freelance writer. Because of my decision to jump into freelance writing, it meant that I no longer had to work those long, exhausting shifts, the endless overtime, and the numerous weekends. I don’t regret my decision of leaving the career I had worked in for over 21 years, for I wasn’t leaving microbiology per se, but just changing my scope of practice.

I have been freelance writing for about a year now, and I was surprised at the one issue that has been the most difficult for me. If you had asked me in the beginning, I would have said that income would probably be the toughest aspect, but I have found that the isolation of writing is the hardest. Writing is a solitary act. It is one, for me, that has to be performed without the company of others. If I’m in the presence of friends or family, I don’t get nearly as much accomplished as when alone. This is difficult because I need people around me during the day. I think most people do. In order to break up the periods of isolation, I try to strategically schedule trips out of the house or an occasional phone call to a friend, here or there. Another outlet for me is to take my laptop and supplies to the local bookstore or coffee shop and write there. It helps to stave off the loneliness by being in the presence of people, even if I don’t know them. Small things like doctor’s appointments are brief reprieves from the solitude of writing. Beating this hard-to-defeat problem takes as much creativity as it does to produce a well-written article or poem.

Life as a freelance writer has its many ups and downs, just like any profession, but with some imagination it is a rewarding way to earn a living. Since you are your own boss, the trials and tribulations are your own and finding what works and what doesn’t takes time and experience.

Top Reasons to Choose an Academic Writer

Considering contacting an academic writer or service but are uncertain whether or not you should? Here are the top reasons to help you make that decision.

  1. Time constraints are probably the number one reason students look for help. Most students today are pressured around budgeting their time between academics, work, and social obligations. Choosing to utilize a professional academic writer can alleviate some of the stresses and burdens associated with preparing time-consuming research papers.
  2. Most academic writers have the professional and educational expertise to provide a thoroughly researched, organized, and well-written paper that is required for the demands of today’s educational requisites.
  3. Professional academic writers provide original, plagiarism-free work.
  4. A custom essay or research paper prepared by an academic writer shows the student how a well-thought-out, quality paper is written so that he/she can utilize this in future classes.
  5. A good academic writer will give individual attention to the student’s needs paying close attention to the details that the class/professor requires for each assignment.