Depression, Creativity, and Religion: A Pilot Study of Christians in the Visual Arts

Volume
Volume 31
Issue
Winter 2003
Title
Depression, Creativity, and Religion: A Pilot Study of Christians in the Visual Arts
Abstract

Increased interest in the relationship between creativity and depression has led to popular and professional discussions of the experiences of highly creative persons who suffer from depression or mania. There has also been parallel interest in religion, spirituality, and religious coping in American culture and in professional mental health organizations, such as the American Psychological Association. It is surprising, then, that there has been relatively little attention paid to religious artists who suffer from depression. The purposes of the present study were to gather pilot data on (a) the experiences of religious artists who report symptoms of depression and mania, (b) whether depression and mania contribute in any positive ways to the work of artists, and (c) ways in which religion helps and/or hurts artists'€™ abilities to cope with depression and mania.

Authors
Dr. M.A. Yarhouse and E.K. Turcic
Pages
348 - 355
Price
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