The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 10 percent of Americans suffer from depression. According to the reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, around 50 percent of individuals with severe mental disorders also struggle with substance abuse, whereas 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers have at least one serious mental illness.
Don’t Settle For a Life of Mental Illness and Addiction
Edgar Allen Poe, Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath were all famous poets who struggled with mental health issues. Riddled with bipolar disorder, depression and suicidal ideations, these famous poets created poems that were racy and dark, and alluded to their mental instabilities. Was it their mental illnesses that drove them to write their famous poetry? Or did poetry unmask their mental illnesses? Studies have shown that expression through writing can be cathartic for people who are struggling with mental illness.
Writing is a form of expression. Writing comes in all different forms: poetry, speeches, lyrics, short stores, novels and many others. Some believe writing can be a form of therapy to express oneself. Eminem and many other artists use their lyrics to express anger and a dark past. Sometimes writing down one’s emotions can be a therapeutic way for venting.
Cathartic is defined as providing psychological relief through open expression. Each person has different hobbies or tasks that are cathartic. Some believe that running is cathartic, others believe that art is cathartic. One form of art if poetry. The expression of words on paper can help individuals release their feelings and express themselves. That can lead to healing.
National Bad Poetry Day falls on August 18 this year and is dedicated to celebrating the written word. Although it is not officially acknowledged by the U.S. government, according to Wellcat.com, the creators of this day, it’s a chance to: “Invite some friends over, compose some really rotten verse, and send it to your old high school teacher.” Sounds fun.