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Thursday, June 18 • 11:15am - 11:30am
EXORCISING THE DEMONS: Writing through PTSD and Depression. (Maxwell's)

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Writers are often more sensitive to the suffering of those around them. The upside of which is that this not only makes them better writers, but sometimes, it also makes them better able to understand and help those around them. But what about when the writer is the one under duress? Though there are no firm statistics on how many writers experience depression, researcher Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, a psychiatry professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore has reported (as have others) that writers have depression or manic-depression more often than non-writers. It’s in these tough and trying times, that writers often believe they are alone in their suffering, but they are not. Connecting with each other is powerfully healing.
This talk will “go there.” Sharing elements from my own story, I will help you discover — What are the signs that you or a writer you love suffers from PTSD, depression or other illness? What are the healthiest ways to keep the demons at bay, and what can you do when you feel sucked down?


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

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