Just smile

And let me walk a straight line

Take my energy, energy

A cold fog

You’re ugly like a vampire

Taking my time, my time

And you’re always taking

Taking my life, my life

I can feel it breaking

I’ll take everything, everything

I try to run away but you’re right there…

—Lyrics from an original song…VAMPIRE. The song is about the emptiness, the anhedonia, of depression. For me, song writing has been a huge part of understanding and coping with the highs and lows of mania and depression. This is one of the silver linings of mental illness that include, among others, a heightened sense of creativity, empathy, passion, strength, and resilience. I’ve spent so many hours of my life enjoying the work of artists, musicians, writers, actors, and other amazing human beings who have been blessed with the creativity that accompanies mental illness. These are my heroes.

How’s that for putting a positive spin on it? Press on, Heroes!


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