“A task is considered easy if there are several solutions,” – with this statement, we begin the conversation about depression in the life of a creative person. And since there are many ways to overcome depression, this, in my opinion, is, in principle , an easy task. Although there are probably people who consider depression to be a serious mental illness in the first place.
Depression is a mental disorder that includes a decrease in mood, impaired thinking (a pessimistic view of everything happening, loss of ability to feel joy, negative judgments), motor inhibition.
Of course, this mental disorder can develop into a disease, like any other disorder or malaise. Therefore, it is necessary to get out of depression and as quickly as possible, and not agree with the diagnosis, the “verdict” of a serious illness for many, many years to come. Consciously diminishing the significance of depression is a great example of solving a problem using the “wedge out by wedge” method. Depression is of a psychosomatic nature, and self-hypnosis about an easy task is the second wedge that knocks the first out.
So, half the work was done – they did not allow themselves to drown in the problem, did not begin to magnify depression to the scale of “doomsday”. Now you need to directly get out of depression – that is, return yourself to a positive perception of life, to the joy of being, to plans for the future, to a creative mood.
“The study of analogues” – so simply and unpretentiously I call my method of overcoming depression. When I feel bad and “the world is plunged into darkness”, when “everything is bastards” and I’m ready not to be surprised at the appearance of “all kinds of ghouls” from the dark corners of the room, when I look at funny faces and think about them: “Dukes”, I’m urgent I take a look at magazines about design or craftsmen, for example.
And, as a rule, already in the third magazine I begin to peer at an interesting thing for me: “How is this done?” In those cases when high technology and expensive materials are applied, it comes to my mind: “How can I replace it without losing the quality of its magnificent appearance? How to maintain a sense of sophistication? Due to what exactly these materials look so advantageous in the interior? How to make inexpensive materials look good when combined with each other? ”
Depression is gone. In return, “itching” appeared, the creative mood prevailed – I want to do something, I want to craft and invent, I want to try to create something similar and only “based on motives” (without borrowing).
When I pick up an album on fine art (for example, painting by I. Levitan), I carefully study almost every centimeter of the artist’s creation. And the longer I study, the more I admire the divine gift of this artist. Here, for example, Levitan paints a feeling of windy weather in a landscape … The artist depicts the horizon sharp – this only happens really in strong winds (there is no haze, haze, smog on the horizon). Wow, the goosebumps of the artist’s genius! .. What other depression? A long time ago, and the track has caught a cold.
But if depression still continues, despite the study of analogues, then I endure a verdict: “Inflammation of the Ego.” Or, “scabies” begins with me – I start scratching my pride, combing my vanity. I say this to myself on purpose — so that it would be disgusting to myself . And I’m going to “occupational therapy” – to “hard” household chores: I start doing general cleaning at home.
It helps a lot, by the way. Especially when it’s not depression, but ordinary laziness at the most “I don’t want to”.