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Oct. 23rd, 2008 | 07:44 pm
posted by: acellarinaday in bipolarcreate

I usually think of art as one of those things I do when I'm manic. Super-creative. Brilliant ideas.

Right now I'm damn low. Thinkin' about you-know-what. And then this weekend I started drawing these crazyassed things I can only describe as two-dimensional colored doilies. And it put me into this really weird mood. Not happy, but not unhappy. Just very, very calm.

So I guess what I'm saying - do you do art when you're depressed? Can it pull you out of it? I'm wondering, if I keep it up, if things will start to get better.

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from: ak_blackcap
date: Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)

I have written a lot of poetry while depressed. It doesn't pull me out of it, but it makes it more bearable.

For a while, at the direction of my therapist, I was sketching a lot in bright colors. It seemed to help some.

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D. L.

art and depression

from: bipolartist
date: Nov. 30th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)

I think creating when you're depressed is good therapy and sometimes it happens to me spontaneously! I just get very down and very "bored" or whatever this awful feeling is that consumes me and makes me pace these floors and talk to myself. Then I give myself a break from all the horrible thinking and re-focus my attention to something creative. Anything is better than just sitting and dwelling.

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