There is supposedly a proven link between writers and depression, which doesn’t make me very happy to hear because depression/anxiety runs in my family. But it made me think of the reasons why writers might be more prone to depression than those with other hobbies.
1. Writers are “sensitive.” Not necessarily “sensitive” in that we cry at the drop of a hat, but sensitive in the fact that we notice things that others don’t. We take emotions (often painful emotions) from life and harness them with our words.
2. Writers deal with rejection. Being rejected over and over in your quest to publication can indeed be depressing. If you’re self-published, it can be distressing to see readers “reject” your book by giving it a one-star review on Amazon.
3. Writers live in their own heads. Doesn’t sound too healthy, does it? Writers spend a good part of the day in other worlds and that can tend to divorce us from reality or from logic. I know I tend to get a bit insane if I’ve been writing all day.
4. Writers spend a lot of time alone. In order to get that first draft down on paper, you have to be alone and concentrating hard. In order to edit that draft, you also have to be alone and concentrating hard. Supposedly, being alone isn’t as healthy as being with others, but in my case, that’s a little hard to believe — being with others often stresses me out.
What do you think about the link between writers and depression? Do you think you get depressed more because you’re a writer or since you became a writer?