In my own experience, art has always been more of a convalescence than a product of internal suffering. After my last breakup I was reckoning with imminent depression - it was cinema that brought me to worlds from which I gained a new perspective. When I battled anxiety years ago it was my punk band that showed me possibilities within myself.
My Experience with Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) I can remember vividly. My body was frozen except for the trembles. I was next to the bedroom door, eyes glued to the light switch. It was the usual kind. One for the lights the other for the fan. Most people glance quickly at the switch, turn off [...]