How Does Art and Music Help with Depression?

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There has long been a link between depression and artists, as if somehow the former fuels the latter. Writers like Virgina Woolf and Hemingway lived with depression. So did painters like Van Gogh and Picasso and musicians like Mozart and Kurt Cobain. All of them were not simply creative, but considered the best in their fields and all battled depression.

So, does depression – for all its problems – provide a sort-of artistic benefit for those who live with this disorder? As any good first-year statistics student knows: correlation does not equal causation. It is not that depression CAUSES someone to be artistic, but that creating art is one of the ways in which the mind tries to “fix” itself.

One of the principles of art therapy is that creating art, especially visual art, allows people to communicate There has long been a link between depression and artists, as if somehow the former fuels the latter. Writers like Virgina Woolf and Hemingway lived with depression. So did painters like Van Gogh and Picasso and musicians like Mozart and Kurt Cobain. All of them were not simply creative, but considered the best in their fields and all battled depression.

So, does depression – for all its problems – provide a sort-of artistic benefit for those who live with this disorder? As any good first-year statistics student knows: correlation does not equal causation. It is not that depression CAUSES someone to be artistic, but that creating art is one of the ways in which the mind tries to “fix” itself.

One of the principles of art therapy is that creating art, especially visual art, allows people to communicate There has long been a link between depression and artists, as if somehow the former fuels the latter. Writers like Virgina Woolf and Hemingway lived with depression. So did painters like Van Gogh and Picasso and musicians like Mozart and Kurt Cobain. All of them were not simply creative, but considered the best in their fields and all battled depression.

So, does depression – for all its problems – provide a sort-of artistic benefit for those who live with this disorder? As any good first-year statistics student knows: correlation does not equal causation. It is not that depression CAUSES someone to be artistic, but that creating art is one of the ways in which the mind tries to “fix” itself.

One of the principles of art therapy is that creating art, especially visual art, allows people to communicate feelings and emotions that they would otherwise be unable to convey.

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