Writing and Anxiety


Let’s talk about mental illness and writing. For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for my entire life. It can be a long, hard struggle. Recently, my anxiety flared up so much that I had to take some time off from work. Living with mental illness is still a stigma in society, so I thought I would open up about it, get the conversation going.

Anxiety is a relentless disease, one that takes over your entire soul. However, in my case, I have been extremely fortunate, working with the right psychiatrist and the right psychologist. With the right combination of medication and therapy, this is the happiest I have been in a very long time. The disorder is currently in remission.

I wanted to talk about how this relates to my writing. When one has a mental disorder, it is crucial to have a creative, artistic outlet for that energy, that emotion, that rage, to find a new home. For me, that outlet has been writing. When you have an anxious mind, as I do, I have found that burying myself into a fictional world that I create, with characters that I control, brings immense satisfaction to an anxious mind. In the past few months, I have done the most writing I have ever done, and I continue to do so. It can be any art form; painting, dance, music, and the aforementioned writing. Just so long as one with a mental disorder has that outlet.

My recovery has allowed me to truly express myself with some great(?) works of fiction, that I will soon share with the world. And I really, really, want to drive home the point that if you have a mental disorder, you are not alone. Don’t be ashamed of it. If people think you’re crazy, fuck them. There is hope, help, and the chance for recovery. I am living proof.

My latest novel has an elephant with a minigun. Just throwing that out there.

Bye for now, hope everybody’s well!

8 Comments on “Writing and Anxiety

  1. I completely agree about having a creative outlet for anxiety. I write, draw and paint. Writing is my primary focus but when my mind is tired from dreaming up fiction, drawing or painting is a nice way to create while resting my mind a little. Best of luck with your current projects!

  2. Writing seems to be the cure for everything in my life, so it seems we have much in common. 😉

  3. Thanks for sharing, good sir. I do believe that an outlet, whatever form it takes, is necessary to combat any source of stress. I found reading/reviewing to be one of the greatest outlet for me in recent years. It’s truly… liberating.

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