Anne Hathaway once told British magazine Tatler that she suffered from anxiety and depression as a teen, and had an interesting perspective on being a “different person” at the time:
“I said to Mom the other day, ‘Do you remember that girl? She has now gone, gone to sleep.
“She has said her piece and is gone.’
“But then I thought, I so remember her, only she is no longer part of me.
“I am so sorry she was hurting for so long.
“It’s all so negatively narcissistic to be so consumed with self.”
Many people might take issue with thinking of depression as “consumed with self” – it is a provocative idea.
But with my own past experience with depression, I think there is some validity to it.
Not that being “narcissistic” brings on depression, but that when you are suffering from depression, your perspectives on life tend to get restricted to your dark moods, and to the darker, more pessimistic parts of yourself having to deal with those moods.
In the movie Becoming Jane (2007), Hathaway portrayed novelist Jane Austen, who also reportedly experienced depression.
Psychologist Mihaela Ivan Holtz works with creative people in TV/Film, performing and fine arts.
Here is an excerpt from one of her articles on the topic of depression:
Let’s be honest, you know you lived with depression for a while now. It comes and goes, and it never really goes away.
At times, your art is your haven where “the blues” can’t really touch you.
At other times, even your creative energy is taken away when the depression invades you in its darkest shades.
Sometimes, you think to reach out for support.
Maybe you can find some purpose or meaning.
Or, perhaps you can find a way to feel alive and inspired for more than the moments when you’re expressing your craft and finding your flow in your art.
You want to wake in the morning without being held back by the blues that keep you hostage in a lonely and disconnected world.
But what really hides beneath your depression?
Read more in my article
Creative People with Depression and Deeper Wounds
According to the website Famous (Living) People Who Have Experienced Depression, women in the arts who have declared publicly they have had some form of the mood disorder include:
Sheryl Crow; Ellen DeGeneres; Patty Duke; Connie Francis; Mariette Hartley; Margot Kidder; Kristy McNichol; Kate Millett; Sinead O’Connor; Marie Osmond; Dolly Parton; Bonnie Raitt; Jeannie C. Riley; Roseanne, and Lili Taylor.
In my article Creativity and Depression, I note that development of a mood disorder may start early in life.
C. Diane Ealy, Ph.D., in her book “The Woman’s Book of Creativity” writes:
“Many studies have shown us that a young girl’s ideas are frequently discounted by her peers and teachers. In response, she stifles her creativity. The adult who isn’t expressing her creativity is falling short of her potential.”
Also see posts on my Emotional Health and Creativity page on Facebook
and the page Emotional Health Resources