Art and Depression

depression

dɪˈprɛʃ(ə)n/Submit
noun

1.
feelings of severe despondency and dejection.
“self-doubt creeps in and that swiftly turns to depression”
synonyms: melancholy, misery, sadness, unhappiness, sorrow, woe, gloom, gloominess, dejection, downheartedness, despondency, dispiritedness, low spirits, heavy-heartedness, moroseness, discouragement, despair, desolation, dolefulness, moodiness, pessimism, hopelessness; the slough of despond; upset, tearfulness; informalthe dumps, the doldrums, the blues, one’s black dog, a low; informalthe blahs, a funk, a blue funk; informalthe mopes; technicalclinical depression, endogenous depression, reactive depression, postnatal depression, dysthymia, melancholia; literarydolour; archaicthe megrims; raremopery, disconsolateness, disconsolation

I received an email today from the charity group Next Steps which supports people with depression.  I am interested in collaborating with this charity as part of my project.  I believe identity is a multi layered and shifting thing, much like depression itself.  You can see from the dictionary definition above that depression can not be described using one single word.

I have been invited to meet some of the people that this charity supports, by meeting these people I hope to learn a bit more about this complex disorder.  My aim is to discover how these people feel about identity and if they believe depression alters it.

 

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