You don’t have to suffer from Manic Depression to suffer from stress. Each of us need a method for relieving the sludgy pressures of daily life that layer on top of each other. A LOT of us self-medicate with alcohol or something similar, but this is the most unhelpful thing you can do.
View a small selection of images from Jeremy’s talk to the Festival of Love weekend at the Southbank Centre on Sunday 17th August 2014.
A popular misconception about novelists is they only require a desk with a typewriter, bottle of whisky, and two packs of cigarettes to plough their furrow in the middle of the night. My view is that the process of writing is similar to the daily maintenance we all need for good mental health.
Attempts to treat mental illness date back as early as 5000 BCE as evidenced by the discovery of trephined skulls in regions that were home to ancient world cultures (Porter 10).