Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

blogging and depression...

Is there a link between blogging and depression? Does blogging cause some people to become depressed? Does blogging aggrevate depression? Should depressives blog? Could blogging reduce depression by providing an opportunity to "vent"?

Very interesting topic. I think there's a PHD thesis in there somewhere.

Want more? Go [here] and [here] and [here].

Sorry I didn't crank it up into a proper article. Maybe one of you guys might like to do that...

21 Comments:

Blogger JahTeh said...

The news makes me depressed.

The world makes me depressed.

John Howard makes me depressed.

Blogging makes me happy.

Teasing the Bear makes me unbelievably happy.

December 08, 2005 6:04 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

The news makes me depressed.

The world makes me depressed.

John Howard makes me depressed.

Blogging makes me depressed.

Teasing the Bear makes me depressed.

What hope is there for me?

Seriously .... with the pressure of blogging having been gone for six hours or so, I already feel a tad better. A good night's sleep and I'll be dangerous! (To good-looking blokes that is, not myself.)

December 08, 2005 7:05 PM  
Blogger The Ranting Human said...

Hmmm... Blogging can do both, actually. Both aggravate and reduce depression. Depends on the blogger and the kind of blog they're running.

There's definitely a link between depression and blogging.

December 09, 2005 1:04 AM  
Blogger JahTeh said...

You'll feel better Ron when I post the next eye candy just for you.

December 09, 2005 4:46 AM  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

I don't find blogging depressing at all, I find it enlightening.

But then I was prescribed anti depressants at the age of 14 and swopped with my friend who had been prescribed anphetamines.

No one could understand why I was more manic and she was more laid back than ever! 'Til we got caught!

Since then I've been in the habit of never, never admiting to being depressed, no matter that I can't stop crying for all the sadness in the world.

My smile is my revenge! :>)

December 09, 2005 5:33 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Pulled from an email JahTeh sent me, because in a way it's relevant to blogging:

[1] An interesting article from New Scientist >>>

[2] From an article by Ellie Crystal: "remember that choosing a career in the creative arts is often more about therapy than work. It is about self expression of the soul - or often the wounded soul who seeks to be heard."

Food for thought for all of us depressive creatives...

December 09, 2005 11:48 AM  
Blogger chumpsrock said...

It depends what a person is truly searching for. If a person wants approval, praise, or fandom that's not something very attainable in blogland. When expectations aren't met, a creative feels rejected and concludes that not having a significant impact isn't good enough.

A web log is a modern day version of writings on cave walls. It tells a story of thought sequence. It's a diary left open on a random page for someone to maybe have a glance. It's not for them, it's for you.

December 09, 2005 3:15 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Rocker, I think I can sympathise with Ron. For me it's often really hard to think my blog is worth anything. When comments dry up as they often do, I have been known to get really depressed. I know I shouldn't worry about all that egotistical stuff, but I do. I think it's to do with needing validation from others that I'm ok. and I just love having my own little fan club... But the fans are a fickle bunch! No loyalty at all!!! :-)

December 09, 2005 4:18 PM  
Blogger JahTeh said...

As long as one of us is sane enough to keep the others from thinking they're nuts.

I see the medicine I sent Ron has worked.

December 09, 2005 6:36 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

JahTeh, obviously...

Sings "Ego, is not a dirty word.." by the Skyhooks...

Skyhooks...

Skycranes...

1969.

Vietnam.

Big choppers lifting amazing loads.


End of flashback...

December 09, 2005 7:56 PM  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

hmm it is odd, no one seems to leave a comment for me! but my demographics (For google adsense)show a heck of a lot of visitors.

I dunno, maybe they think I'll turn them into a toad or something!

December 10, 2005 4:34 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

They may be afraid of The Dork Side Of The Farce.

May The Farce be with you... :-)

You don't scare me though... "There is nothing to fear but fear itself"

And that brings me right back to a little job I have for you regarding Dubbya. I want him turned into a toad. Can you do that for me? Pleeeeeese. :-)

December 10, 2005 6:19 AM  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

ROTFLMHO!

Agreed!

Hurumph! That'd be too good for that little runt!

December 10, 2005 6:58 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

You're spending too much time rolling on the floor old girl...

December 10, 2005 7:14 AM  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

It was the farce made me larf!

and less of the old young fella, me lad!

December 10, 2005 8:01 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

"dork side of the farce" is old.

So, old hag, you call me lad, eh? I'm 59.5 and you are?

December 10, 2005 8:14 AM  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

21 and a bit, this time around!

December 10, 2005 7:48 PM  
Blogger Brownie said...

chumpy said 'approval, praise, or fandom' - and I have to say that as well as those, or contrary to those, blogging and getting a response, is 'confirmation that one exists'. One may say whatever one wants to, and get a response, or not. One of my blogs has had a reponse from a film company in England who are making a documentary on the subject.
I have 4 blogs and am a member of a group blog as well - yes I'm an obsessive, and the medication has no effect at all, and I love reading blogs and being amazed by the clever people out there. I enjoy the view into YOUNG people's lives too. see mother damn above is 21! I am 57.3
Gerry go to jokes.com for a while, or put 'meerkats' into Google images ....

December 10, 2005 8:47 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Mum, you're WAY too young. Come back when Bush and his puppeteers are toads being dealt with by the White House pest exterminators or admit you're a mere snotty-nosed wannabe with big bazukas indulging metaphysical titillation... ;-)

December 10, 2005 8:53 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Brownie!!! You've made my day! I thought you had forsaken me. I thought my chick magnet blog was not working! I'll think about your advice...

Four blogs, eh?

[1] How many of these am I aware of?

[2] How many have I picked as being you -obviously you need to include the BrownieBlog in the number...

December 10, 2005 8:58 PM  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

Have only just picked up on this.

Ok I'm offski

December 15, 2005 9:37 AM  

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