Wednesday, October 19, 2005

More on depression and creativity

Here is my response to the posted comment below:

Thank you for your comments, and sorry for the delay in my reply. The "fun" part is that I get to sometimes experience the matters that I write about. Hence, the lag time. I liked and agree with what you said - that depression (as well as other "disorders") can be a continual source of creativity and deeper thought. Speaking of which, if you get a chance, I recommend an article I saw recently in Atlantic Monthly concerning a new examination of President Lincoln's battle with depression. Had he not suffered from depression, the outcome of the war may have been different. Thanks for the book idea. I hope you'll return to the blog in the future.

Best wishes,


p.s. How did you come upon the site?

On Sunday, October 16, 2005, at 09:56AM,


Dear Mr Chazen,

I enjoyed your though-provoking post. I think that in our pharmacuetically obsessed society, there is denial of natural human sadness --- and that perhaps depression need not bea "disease" but may be indeed about growth. I am now reading "Where The Roots Reach for Water"(North Point Press) by Jeffery Smith and I highly recommend it. And keep up the good work!

--Posted by A.B. to Right Brain World at 10/16/2005 09:56:01 AM

1 comment:

Random X said...

Hello again.Thanks for the link to the article --- Lincoln had many sadnesses and defeats in his life, didn't he?(It was etched into his face, wasn't it?)

I've been reading of situational depression vs organic depression, and it's possible to have them simultaneously I think!

Re: my previous post: I'm not knocking medication if a person makes an informed choice and gets results (I take essential fatty acids, 5-HTP, and St. John's Wort).

I think you implied that you suffer depression, sorry to hear it. Well, a sense of humor can be a savior, and you've got a great one! I enjoy your writing.

My identity: "A.B" at Random Acts of Bloggery --- I connected with you via

I'm new at blogging and having fun with it!

Be well . . .