Weekend Wrinkle: Does Depression Spark Creativity?

Do we have to suffer from depression to be great writers? Does depression make us more creative?

The list of great writers and artists who have suffered from mental illness seems miles long. Why is that?

Can we write about tragedy, heartbreak, or even great joy without having experienced the emotions ourselves? How much does the creator need to experience to make her creation authentic?

Are people creative because they are depressed or does the depression result from being able to see the world a little differently than most people?

“The dark side of creativity: Depression + anxiety x madness = genius?” is an interesting read even if it doesn’t really answer the question.

Is depression — and the pain, lethargy, and exhaustion that come with it — actually the enemy of creation?

What do you think?


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