Writing Video Wednesday: Mental Health and Writing
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Hey everyone! I’m back with a writing video about my mental health and my writing.

You can watch the video here.

Here is the transcript as well:

Hey everyone, it’s author, Sara Crawford. I have a bit of a more personal writing video for you today. Today, I’m going to talk about how treating my mental illness has affected my writing.

So I have suffered with depression for a long time, pretty much since I was a teenager. I resisted any form of medication for a long time. I didn’t start taking antidepressants until I was 29. I started taking Wellbutrin at that time and that actually did work out pretty well for me at first, but eventually, it kind of stopped working, and I should have done something about it way before now but I just felt like… I don’t know… I didn’t make my own mental health really a priority. Recently, I saw a psychiatrist, and I started taking Abilify in addition to Wellbutrin. And it has made a world of difference.

I feel more motivated, I feel more energetic, I’m getting a lot more done. I’m focusing a lot better. I’ve been writing a lot more. I’ve been writing every day. It has been super productive.

So this has made me kind of think about this whole idea of the “suffering artist” and how a lot of people don’t actually get the help that they need. They feel like “if I’m depressed and really suffering, my art will be better. I’ll be better at writing.” But that’s just not true at all, and that’s a complete myth.

Basically I’m saying if you’re a writer and you have depression or you have mental health issues, you need to treat them. I promise that you will be a much more productive writer if you do that.

I actually did a video quite a while ago about being a writer with depression. I will leave a link to that down below. I have some good tips for writers that do have depression. You should definitely check that out if this is something that you’re dealing with.

But yeah, the main point is that I think any time you have depression, you should take it seriously. It’s just like having any other kind of illness. And you have to go to the doctor and you have to get help. You have to treat it appropriately. If you have an infection and you just leave it alone, it’s going to get really bad and eventually kill you. So, depression is the same way, and I think we all have to stay on top of our mental health.

So yeah, I’d love to hear what you guys think. Let me know if you have had that sort of “suffering artist” idea in the past. I know I have. Maybe that’s why it took me so long to actually even try antidepressants. I don’t know. But it’s just been like night and day. So yeah, let me know if you have any experience with this. I would love to hear about it. I will be back next Wednesday with a writing video. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you’d like to continue to see writing videos. I also do the occasional video about books or music. Thanks so much for watching, and I will see you in the next one.