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Friday, September 18, 2009

Depression: What the Doctor Ordered for Writers

Maud Newton, editor and writer, former practicing attorney, and college loan payer, blogs that depression is useful for writers. Rather than something that needs fixing, depression promotes highly analytical thinking:

Depressed people, they contend, tend to “dwell on a complex problem, breaking it down into smaller components, which are considered one at a time.”

As an added bonus, it's a two-way street; writing is good for depression (quoting from Scientific American):

...expressive writing promotes quicker resolution of depression, and they suggest that this is because depressed people gain insight into their problems.

I can see a new book from this: 7 Habits of Highly Depressed Writers

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