Mental Illness (tw: suicide mention)Hello,More Like This
What you are about to read is something of a memoir of my personal experience and struggle with mental illness. I warn you now that it's not a happy story and it's even a bit sad. If you are easily triggered by the mention of suicide, please turn back now. My aim is not to trigger people but to share my story in hopes those who suffer as I have and do to this day can see that their struggles are not singular.
I'm writing this because in truth saying it aloud to anyone I know is very difficult.
To those of you who know me, I assume you all think of me as either a person with a naturally bitchy personality or someone who is happy and accepting of almost everything. Truth is I am both, but more importantly I am both with a catch.
Well over a dozen years ago (maybe longer (17 actually after further research)) I began to experience very deep dark feelings of self hatred and loathing toward myself. Every day I would wake up in pain; physically and mentally, and
Art and Depressionhttps://georgepratt.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/art-and-depression/More Like This
To all my friends who struggle with their art, their lives, or well, anything, please read this. One of my teachers from Ringling College of Art and Design wrote this and it really is nice to see a seasoned professional talk about things we all experience and understand.
If you can't get the link open, here is the blog text. This is written by George Pratt, not myself.
I have a student in my illustration class that had a rough day recently. In class it was obvious that he was having a hard time coping with something. It was also obvious that it wasn’t something totally to do with the class. This guy is really good, a serious student, excited about art and what the world has to offer, so it was surprising to see him in this state. After speaking with him for just a few minutes I could see his eyes getting wet and he got quieter. But he’d given me enough to go on. He