How writing has saved my life

I have a history of clinical depression, agoraphobia and panic disorder. I began writing several years ago and it has  been my salvation through some very dark periods in my life. This blog isn’t about my struggles with mental health issues (there are far too many of those and I have no wish to add to the collection ) but suffice to say that I strongly believe that mental illness and creativity are linked.  I also believe that chaneling your creativity into writing, drawing etc can also be a very powerful therapeutic tool to help you through the dark days. Obviously, medication and talking therapies are paramount in the treatment of mental illness but expressing yourself is empowering and really helps lighten the soul and can really lift your mood.  I can honestly say that writing has quite literally saved my life!