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Writing-An Effective Way To Ease Depression Through Words.

Updated on April 28, 2012

Many of us write simply for the reason that we enjoy the writing process through the words that are created by our own thoughts. Words that our deep subconscious, conjures up at the precise moment we are in need of that word, or set of words, to help complete the sentence or paragraph we are putting together for a story, article, blog, or whatever other piece of writing it may be. However don't be too hard on yourself in the beginning, if you're new to the writing process, or a seasoned pro for that matter. Because you may be at a loss for words at first.

If so-take a few moments before you start jotting down words. Grab a cup of coffee and drift slowly off into that cozy little place-just you your pen and paper, or notepad. Give it fifteen mintues or even a half-hour or so. But trust me the words will come and when they do, they will flow rapidly and smoothly all at once-transferring all of the days, or even the years past thoughts, by way of pen onto your paper or computer screen.

Some of us from time to time are plagued by our old friend writers block, who on occasion rears his ugly head, to remind us that we are not entirely superior to the writing process. No, we all have our given flaws and imperfections. In addition, some of us who pen the written word, or even type it onto the computer screen; may write because of being overly anxious about personal matters going on in our lives. Perhaps we even have issues that weigh on us so heavily like a cinder block; that they in turn make a majority of us depressed and many-equally as stressed.

But life really is just too short when you stop for a moment to think about it. Too short for all of the nonsense of worrying about these less trivial matters-that and the other thing for instance-isn't it? Have you ever heard of a depressed writer? I beg to differ with you if you haven't, because they're out there. In fact one out of every five individuals suffer from some type of mental health disorder including depression. If it makes you feel any better as a writer. Writers make up part of that elite group who are included within the one out of five who suffer from bouts of depression.

Among the many gifted and talented writers there are names that most likely come to mind. Names like the late great Ernest Hemmingway, John Steinbeck, Edgar Allan Poe and yes even famous artists among those writers like Vincent Van Gogh. Have you ever thought about what Van Gogh himself was thinking when he painted one of his famous works on canvas-Starry Night for example?

Did he actually envision a pattern of stars displayed on what I like to call-heavens blackboard, one dark and starry night and painted what he saw in the heavens. Or was he merely an artistic genius suffering from a mental illness such as depression, while meditating on a moment in time,when he painted this unusual but famous piece of art work.

It's definitely hard to say what sparked Van Gogh's, or even famous writers like Hemmingway's imagination. Two famous people, one an artist and one a writer who both suffered from depression, but who both also shared a special gift, the gift of being able to express oneself with paint brush and with that of pen and paper.

In todays modern era, we might have found Hemmingway seated at a favorite desk and chair, busy at the keyboard of a modern pc, or laptop. And then again-maybe it would still be the old familiar pen and paper, that we would find him using to put those words into motion. The beauty about writing is that you have the option of using a pen, paper,electric typewriter, or yes-even a pc for that matter.

Some individuals who suffer with bouts of depression often use a variety of colored pens, or pencils to jot down their thoughts, or ideas for a book, blog or in a journal. Colored pens and pencils for example tend to be more vibrant and for those who are suffering from depression, it makes the words flow that much easier for them. Let's say it helps to not only motivate them to write, but basically gets them in the mood! The choice of course is up to you the writer, on what color, or type of instrument you choose to pen the written word with. It in essence, is entirely in your hands.

Whatever the driving force is that impels one to write could be many. It could certainly be a series of events in ones life that inspires that person to write. It could even be more of an inner cry for help if you will-reaching out with words to ease the tension and stress that has depressed and encapsulated an individual within a state of sadness, anxiety and yes-even a state of utter fear .

Writing in itself can can tend to soothe, or ease if you will, the inner emotions that cause many of us much turmoil in our daily lives. The most wonderful thing about being a writer of the written word, whether you're new to the process, or a professional who blogs, journals, or writes fiction for a living. Is that writing does not take a great deal of motivation or money for that matter. Well maybe I should not place too much emphasis on the motivation part of it. Motivation can be an issue if you suffer with bouts of depression.

But forcing yourself to write on a continual basis-maybe even three times per week, can help you overcome that depression and maybe without having to resort to pills. Look at writing as exercise. To keep your body mobile and fit, you need to exercise at least three days per week, thirty minutes each of those three days. The same should apply for you when it comes to writing and trying to exercise your mind and alleviate the tensions of the day. You would accomplish this through the words that you craft up in the subconscious. And in turn place them onto a computer screen, or notepad.

But then again the whole point of this article is to help you tear away from whatever it is that is eating at you, so to speak. Whether it is depression or a combination of anxiety, fear and depression. You as the writer in control of your destiny, want to literally get your mind off of you and everything else while you write down words-any words for that matter. As long as they are your own thoughts about the day, your girlfriend, boyfriend, an idea for a book, blog-whatever.

If you are having issues with depression currently, as well as coming up with ideas on what to put down on paper. Then it is not only affecting your ability to write, but also keeping you from being the person who you really are deep down. If this is sounds somewhat like you, I recommend a good book that will help you deal with your depression and get you writing at the same time. It will at least start you out with some type of word group, that you can place onto that paper, or keyboard lying below your eye level. The name of this book, is by the author-Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer.

It is called-Writing through the darkness: easing your depression with paper and pen." This book is not only a good read for those who suffer with some form of depression, or other similar mental health issue and need a little lift to get the pen moving. But in addition it is great for college level students, looking to improve their academic writing skills overall.

Even placing activities into a daily journal can help you discover a bit about you-where you have been in the past mentally and even maybe on what path you might be heading in the future. Journaling is a popular type of writing that can help you fight off that gloom and doom and rediscover yourself as a person. It will help you achieve peace with your inner self. In addition to that it will also keep you off of you and the negativity that may surround you and your present environment.

Remember no one is going to be able to help you get writing but you. Especially when it comes to finding that niche the motivates and sparks your imagination for that particular moment in time. All of the prescription medicines on the market may do some good to a certain extent-don't get me wrong. And in addition to the drugs and counseling sessions with your therapist, may manage to get you through the next two weeks, or if you're fortunate enough-two months possibly.

But like many forms of depression and other mental health issues, in which one of those one in five people; whom we spoke about earlier, in the article suffer with on a continual basis. Writing may not only be the right tool, but the only tool, to help you ease that lull, or low spot you have managed to find yourself in lately and help take that cinder block off from upon your shoulders.

It is very important that you write when ever the opportunity avails itself to you and the opportunity is right. In an effort to not only keep you off of you and your negative emotions, but to mainly keep your mind busy as a bee collecting honey on a warm summers day.

And you keep your mind busy, by keeping your hands and fingers busy in unison with your mind, by writing in a journal for example, or typing out a rough draft on the keyboard of a laptop. Writing can certainly be a powerful outlet in helping you overcome any bouts with depression, but if you do not attempt to try it, then you will never know how it could benefit you.

Hey you will really never know until you pick up that pen and paper, or open up that closed laptop and let your fingers work their way across the keyboard right?. So what are you waiting for?...Feel better and get writing today!!


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      James Bowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Hello Angela:

      Thank you for being a follower, as well as stopping in to provide feedback on this article. I'm glad you found it beneficial. Many people I'm sure, besides you and me, most likely write for the same reason-because it is an effective form of therapy and/or meditation.

      I love to write not just for that one reason, but also as an escape from the world around us. Thanks again and take care.


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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great article writting has always been a very good theropy for me!

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      James Bowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York


      Thank you for stopping in and reviewing my article about easing depression through the use of words. I'm glad you enjoyed it and thank you again for the insightful comments.

      Hello stephen:

      Thank you for stopping by and providing feedback in reference to this article. And you are certainly correct when you say the mind expresses what it thinks. And afterwards you get that all over good feeling. And how true that is. In addition it is like meditation, but instead of using yoga for our bodies as a form of meditation. Writing can be used as a substiture for yoga, which places the mind in a meditative state.


      I want to also thank you for stopping by and providing those upbeat and insightful comments. I am glad that you found my hub article beneficial in more than one way. And I am glad that it inspired you to write. But more importantly-helped find that voice which you had previously lost. Take care!


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      StephenCowry 5 years ago

      In a quiet and peaceful place when you're all alone makes you have the drive of something that comes from deep within you. Writing expresses what the mind thinks of and when it's written you'll feel really good about it.

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      mwilliams66 5 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Jim, I'm so glad I stumbled upon this hub. I published my first hub yesterday. It took me a long time to work up the courage to write and post it. I hopped for weeks. The funny thing is, it was just as you said, it eased the depression. I felt a sense of accomplishment and pride and I feel as though I found a voice misplaced long ago. Hubpages is a tremendous platform for anyone to shine, to find their voice, tap their creativity and yes ease their worried mind.

      Thank you for posting such a wonderfully insightful hub. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Great hub, and God Bless You.

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      James Bowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York


      Being the imperfect human beings that we all are, I feel that writing can help us forget about those imperfections, which include depression and a host of other problems and maladies that go along with those imperfections. I do certainly forget about anything that tends to be getting me down at the moment when I write. Reading is another way to help us get our minds off of ourselves. And I just reminded myself to read a couple of your latest hubs that you recently published over the upcoming weekend. Thanks again for voting my hub article up and I'm also glad that you found it enlightening as well. Take care.


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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This is very meaningful. I can understand how writing can help avoid depression. I see with myself, that when I write I don't give myself the chance to think about anything else. I just focus on my writing and on the subject that I am writing about. So if something else is bothering me, it's pushed out of my mind while I'm busy creating.

      I found your hub very interesting and enlightening. Voted up.

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      James Bowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York


      You're absolutely right about penning the written word and I can also tell by the smile on your face, in your profile pic, that you are reaping the rewards from writing as well. Thanks for voting my article up.


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A very interesting and perceptive hub. Writing can give great satisfaction and relief. Voted it up.

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      James Bowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York


      I think we all feel much better especially when we do something that should come natural to all of us-writing! I am no different then anyone else on this platform and love to write, that is one main reason why I do it. Also as with yourself I write to feel better! Take care.


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I have to admit when i get depressed. I write and i do feel so much better..great hub...blessing...debbie

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      Kevin6779 5 years ago from

      Thanks, JI. I would be more than happy to show you my work and no charge on my comments. I meant every word.

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      James Bowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Hello Kevin:

      I like yourself and others on this writing platform write for one of many reasons. And one of them is for an outlet to help us relax more. It is without doubt that writing is indeed an effective form of therapy-at least for me that is! Thank you for your comments, glad you enjoyed the article and want to welcome you as a new member to hubpages. Look forward to reading some of your work as well. Take care.


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      Kevin6779 5 years ago from

      This is timely advice indeed. I myself enjoy writing, and I do indeed find it therapeutic, especially in these challenging time. Very well documented.

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      James Bowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York


      Thank you for stopping by and providing comments in reference to this article. Writing is certainly a great way to tame the lion in all of us isn't it? And if it makes you soothed as well as others around you, then you have found the right type of therapy. I too find writing cathartic. Take care.


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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      excellent! altho, kinda funny thinking of hemmingway using a computer! great advice on how to just relax and let it flow..writing can be cathartic. Not only am i soothed when i write - but my friends and family are as well! LOL Otherwise i drive them crazy with my 'libra' ways - wanting justice and balance in the world! lol well done!

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      parwatisingari 5 years ago from India

      How right.