Is Depression Causing Your Creative Block?

by guest blogger Marie Miguel


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Anyone who relies on their creativity daily can tell you that some days you just do not feel creative. In fact, there are days that you do not feel like doing anything. Some people experience this for days or weeks at a time and if you rely on your creativity to make a living, this could be a big problem. Could it be depression that is causing your creativity block?

There are two types of artists, professional artists who spend most of their time creating and selling their creative works for income and hobby artists who just create for pleasure and may not even want to sell their work. No matter which one you are, having a creativity block is a frustrating experience. Even if you love what you do and want to do something creative, if you are depressed, you may not be able to do anything. Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States and affects more than 350 million people across the globe, which is almost 6% of the entire population. Could it be depression that is putting a damper on your ability to create what you love?

There are specific criteria that professionals use to determine whether or not you have a depressive disorder. There are several types of depression including seasonal affective disorder (SAD), bipolar depression, persistent depressive disorder, postpartum depression, psychotic depression, and major depression. Some of the most frequently reported symptoms of all forms of depression are:

  • Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Feeling hopeless or lost
  • Constant sadness or feeing empty for no apparent reason
  • Sleeping changes (sleeping too much or not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep)
  • Memory loss
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Change in eating habits (eating more or less than usual)
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Feelings of irritability, guilt, and restlessness
  • Physical ailments such as aches and pains or digestive issues
  • Thoughts of suicide

So, if you are thinking you may be suffering from depression, the first thing to do is to talk to a professional such as your physician. He or she can suggest a solution such as therapy or medication. One of the best ways to get the help you need is by contacting an online psychologist who can help you right away without even having to wait for an appointment. Because if you are like any other artist with a creativity block, you want to get help now, not a month from now.

However, if you do need to wait for an appointment, there are some things you can do in the meantime to help get your creative juices flowing again. The first thing you need to do is relax. Do not think that you are the only one this has ever happened to because it happens to everyone. No matter whether you are a sculptor, painter, writer, or another type of artist, be assured that you will have a creative block at least once in your future. But, you cannot let it take over. Once you realize that you are blocked, it is time to do something different. Go for a walk, listen to some music, take a bath, do some yoga or meditation, whatever you want to do that is not related to your art. Sometimes, just doing something different can get your creativity flowing again. Then, if you still are not feeling creative, take a nap, go visit a friend, watch a movie, or read a book. Eventually, it will come back to you.


Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.



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