Writing Styles Can Serve as a Sign for Mental Illness

There are many things about the past that we can learn. Sometimes the things that we learn can help us for the better and sometimes they can hurt us. Looking back on a few famous writers of the past, it has been shown that within each of their styles of writing was a sort of cry for help. Writing in first person can be one tell-tale sign of being at risk for suicide.

In an article written by Health.com, the author looks to point out facts and myths about suicide. Within all of this, it is proven that some of the most famous individuals of the past suffered from a mental illness.

Some people are blessed with creativity beyond measure, but these people are also sometimes forced to deal with depression or other mental illnesses. Here’s a list of famous people from the past who were able to be extremely successful, but also had to deal with their illness.

  • Ernest Hemingway: He was a famous and controversial author as well as a journalist. He suffered from depression and even tried electroshock therapy.
  • Sylvia Plath: Most famous for her poetry, she was a talented and successful woman who also suffered with being bipolar.
  • Virgina Woolf: Famous writer who suffered with bipolar and depression. Creative and controversial, she was known for her mood swings and changes in attitude.

Although it is noted that creative people are at a higher risk of depression or mental illness, it is important to remember that this isn’t always the case. Many writers have dealt with depression or suicide but it is also crucial to remember that writing and creativity are an outlet for many. Creative and non-creative people of the past and present are suffering all around us. It’s important to be aware of this in order to see signs in others and yourself. Depression and suicide can affect anybody.


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