Well, here I am after almost 2 months. It has been quite a while since I’ve had the mental energy to work on projects. But this weekend I set myself to do it.
The first issue here, of course, is that I have phases and cycles of creativity and non-creativity. I sort of self-diagnosed “cyclothymia” but I don’t think therapists read too much into patients self-diagnoses, except for a bit of insight into what the patient thinks they think about themselves. That means that I have cycles of downward energy, minor depressions (which have exacerbated as time has gone on, in some ways, due to certain life events and changes (inter-relationship and day-to-day living stuff)), and poor decisions in response. I think it’s important to talk about these things to let other people know that they’re not the only one facing difficulties, whether it be lack of creativity or even a lack of desire to get out of bed, to sleep all the time. To have difficulty concentrating. To lack a “spark” of creativity and passion. To lack the mental energy to take on tasks like programming a game and the set of logic that goes along with it.
Depression, anxiety, listlessness - these are as real as the weather - AND EQUALLY NOT UNDER ONE'S CONTROL.
DU: He says he wants to destigmatize mental illness. Good! Then when someone asks "why did you try to kill yourself" you should answer "mental illness" not wave your hands about the mystical unknowableness of irrational life.
philip-random: But, since then, the number of people afflicted with depression has soared.
cjorgensen: I hope Fry gets the help he needs. I hope he realizes he'd be squandering so many gifts and be harming so many more people than himself.
Count no blessings: how a suicidal mind works
Found by the World Health Organization to be the single most disabling disease, depression afflicts people of every age, class, race, creed and calling: as many as 25 percent of us will be caught in its vise at least once in our lives. The disease blights careers, shatters families and costs billions of dollars in lost workdays a year. Kramer cites studies putting the annual workplace cost in this country alone at $40 billion -- the equivalent of 3 percent of the gross national product.
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