Poets who write about depression

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poets who write about depression

Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment, and the Creative Process by Richard M. Berlin

Poets on Prozac shatters the notion that madness fuels creativity by giving voice to contemporary poets who have battled myriad psychiatric disorders, including depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse.

The sixteen essays collected here address many provocative questions: Does emotional distress inspire great work? Is artistry enhanced or diminished by mental illness? What effect does substance abuse have on esthetic vision? Do psychoactive medications impinge on ingenuity? Can treatment enhance inherent talents, or does relieving emotional pain shut off the creative process?

Featuring examples of each contributor’s poetry before, during, and after treatment, this original and thoughtful collection finally puts to rest the idea that a tortured soul is one’s finest muse.
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Poems about Depression

Depression has a different quality than the normal range of sadness that you may feel throughout the day. When you are depressed you do not feel like being with anybody. You either sleep way more than usual or you can hardly sleep at all. Similarly, your appetite is either nonexistent or increases dramatically. Your energy level goes way down and you have a feeling of hopelessness about life. As difficult as it may be it is important to get out of the house and get some help.

Even the briefest survey of the most innovative minds in literature will reveal that mental illness often goes hand in hand with creative expression. Creativity is often the outlet through which artists expel the truths of their deepest sentiments; madness in some cases seems to be the catalyst that drives and inspires some artists to create in the first place. To the creative and sensitive mind, the highs and lows of life certainly inspire the need to render the paradigm of human experience in all of its extremes. Perhaps artistic expression is the only field in which one can actually achieve more success from being mentally unsound than stable. But is there a link between mental illness and a greater creative ability? Rarely, however, were their personal lives free of conflict and rarer still do the greatest literary masterpieces deal outside of the most torturous or heartfelt experiences humans can undergo; rarely is creative expression free of tension.

2 thoughts on “Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment, and the Creative Process by Richard M. Berlin

  1. I struggle with depression myself, and as a writer and (former) poet, I find myself drawn to poetry to find solace, to find comfort, to find solidarity.

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