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Permanent Link: Write Away

Posted May 02 2009 12:00am

Simon takes a break. Captured with my cell phone

If you’re a cat in this household, you might choose to curl up with a book and a journal. Okay, maybe not his book and journal, but even he can’t seem to escape my world. When he first came to my home his first toy was a pen on top of my journal, poor kitty.

A little segue to the content of the actual entry, I started reading the book, Writing Through the Darkness: Easing your depression with paper and pen , by Elizabeth Marian Schaefer, PhD (That’s the book Simon is sleeping with in the picture). Schaefer has led a creative writing program for people with mood disorders at Stanford University’s Deparment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. A former science journalist, she herself has also suffered severe depression and has undergone ECT.

In addition to a structured writing process to help with depression, she cites several scientific studies that prove how writing can help your health (it’s not random writing but does note just what type of writing habit may help your health). I just started the book, but there’s been some stuff that I’ve read already that have helped me understand why I may have written certain entries since the ECT. For example, it is okay to revisit and self-reflect on a older event through your writing; in fact, it will make you feel better even if your mood may be low right after writing about the trauma.

It should be an interesting read. I hope that not only will the book help with my writing style, it truly helps me develop a habit that will help me stay away from the darkness. And even when I find myself in such place that I will have certain skill sets that I can use to guide me out of it.

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