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Subscribe to my list and you can read the first two chapters of my travel memoir, This is Part 1 in a series on depression in creatives.Part 2: 10 Ways to Walk Away from Depression Part 3: When Medication Isn’t Enough: Rethinking Depression with Eric Maisel Note: I wrote this article to raise awareness of low-grade depression, which many people don’t recognize in themselves.Because you are admitting your own responsibility for your unhappiness and that can trigger self-judgment.Because you might uncover grief or anger at those around you for not seeing and taking better care of you.This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive or to diagnose anyone.But these are some of the signs I’ve observed in myself and those I’ve coached: Nothing is fun.

“If life were a meal, you’d consider your creativity as the dessert, and always strive to eat your vegetables first.

Our depression may not be completely disabling, but it’s real.

“I once read that succumbing to depression doesn’t mean you are weak, but that you have been trying to be strong for too long, which is maybe a form of denial.

You may feel like you have no real reason to be depressed. You have to admit vulnerability and allow that you are not the all-conquering superhero you thought you were.

Because you realize that you and your life need to change, which feels like more work piled on your plate.

“If life were a meal, you’d consider your creativity as the dessert, and always strive to eat your vegetables first.Our depression may not be completely disabling, but it’s real.“I once read that succumbing to depression doesn’t mean you are weak, but that you have been trying to be strong for too long, which is maybe a form of denial.You may feel like you have no real reason to be depressed. You have to admit vulnerability and allow that you are not the all-conquering superhero you thought you were.Because you realize that you and your life need to change, which feels like more work piled on your plate. Are you a writer or artist who gets depressed when you can't create the way you want?