Creativity and Depression: How the Two Usually Interact

Creativity is innate in some people. But for some people who lack creativity, they might need inspiration. One thing that is innate in many humans is emotion. Humans are emotional creatures, but they have the ability to think and gauge their situation to make rational decisions. With emotion, even people who lack creativity, can be creative. With extreme emotion, one can be creative. One such strong emotion is depression.

When a person is depressed, one looks at a gloomy outlook towards the world. Depression is naturally caused by disillusion. Disillusion in a sense that things have changed undesirably for the person, or one of his or her dreams have been broken down to the point that it is virtually impossible to achieve. With this, a person develops a penchant for realism, cynicism and existentialism.

Creativity can develop in a depressed person if they find that they cannot do anything except to have their fingers and their bodies moving. Some people who become depressed can write songs. Others can paint and write stories about their experiences, or how they think things should be.

Depression can also be relieved by creativity. The creative product can serve as a mirror to the depressed, which can help them see their situation and realize what to do. This particular situation helps them develop both skill and grow themselves into better persons.

Depression also has its perks, but only if it does make a person creative. Extreme depression may not be as creative as it involves meaninglessness, death and severe malignancy, which can be fatal to the person and the people around him or her.

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Getting Yourself Out of Depression

Getting Yourself Out of Depression

Human emotion is the beauty of humanity, and also its downfall. Taking care of your emotional health is as important as taking care of your physical health. Depression is a lack of control of human emotion, namely sadness. It is indeed difficult to get one’s self out of feeling futile and down. But here are small ways you can start to help yourself get out of depression.

1. Things Can Work Out

Depression usually results from trying hard to achieve something and then failing to do so. In failure, one feels that they have no control over their lives. What makes the depressed feel such for a long time is because of failing to control a situation when they could have had a chance. The only choice for the depressed to get better is to let go of the situation and accept the fact that they fail, and things can still work out.

2. Living in the Present

The depressed often lives in their past decisions. They often regret the things that they did to get themselves into the situation that they are now. Like in step one, letting go of the things that have been done, and living in the present, is the only way that they can actually move on from their depression and take action.

3. Keeping Busy

Having a hobby or a distraction to keep one’s self from thinking about depression usually helps. However, if the emotion is too strong, the best way for the depressed to alleviate their depression is by expressing it creatively or through strenuous activities. Tiring one’s self out allows them to release the tension caused by the chemical imbalances in the brain.

4. Forgiveness

Detachment from a situation is important in avoiding depression. Detachment from situations mean that you just let things pass and you understand that things can go wrong or right in a given situation. If one can accept the two outcomes of any event, even the ones they regret, they will find it easier to move on from their depression.

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