Is there a connection between depression and writing?
Some years ago now, I clearly recall my doctor telling me that there was a definitive link between depression and writing. The only problem with his link was that he had no idea at all if writers became depressed through writing, or if depression miraculously manufactured writers.
So why was I at my doctor at that time talking about depression and writing? Well, to cut a long story short, within the space of six short months I had lost my parents, both very suddenly, my very best friend died due to a long-term disease, another friend was killed on a pedestrian crossing, oh, and just add some spice, my business failed and I was diagnosed with cancer. Yes, it was a very busy six months!
During my regular consultations with him at that time, he also discovered from a blood test that I had suffered from an undiagnosed bout of glandular fever, or mononucleosis, during the same six months.
So, all things considered, I had a good solid list of reasons to be feeling a bit blue at that time.
The only reason I mention all of this now is that during that tough time, and then over the following year or so of treatment for, well, let’s call it melancholia for want of a better word, I wrote like a crazy. I think I wrote six full novels!
Productive? Well, I didn’t have much else to do, did I?
Except to prove my doctor’s link between depression and writing correct.
That was all some years ago, and I can happily report that I am now completely, totally and utterly normal and healthy. Um, ok, normal may be stretching the truth a little, as I have never been good at that, so I guess I should say that I have been back to my abnormal self again for quite some years.
I am left with one tiny conundrum.
In that one year of being treated for depression, I wrote so damn well. Probably because I had little to do other than write. But now, I have a lot of trouble getting even close to writing as well as I did back then. Of all the books I have written, three that I wrote in that year are still my best sellers.
The only solution I can see to my current problem is to make an appointment with my doctor and ask him to put me back on those bloody pills right now. I want to write another great new book!
Naa! There’s no link at all between depression and writing, is there?