Creative Writing for People with Mood Disorders

by Sierra on July 27, 2010

Weekly creative writing class at Stanford

“How do you help yourself manage your depression?” is one of the most frequent topics for discussion in our meetings. The suggestions always include writing and journaling as methods to help yourself.

DBSA Palo Alto members are very fortunate because we have access to a free weekly writing workshop at the Stanford Psychiatry Department by one of the experts in the field. Beth Schaefer is the author of Writing through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper and Pen. She used creative writing to help manage her own bipolar depressive illness and has taught creative writing classes since 1998. Many of our members participate in her class at Stanford and recommend it highly.

Creative Writing for People with Mood Disorders
Mondays, 1:00-3:00 pm
Stanford Psychiatry Department
Free, call Beth Schaefer at 510-502-7770 to register

If you’re not able to attend Beth’s classes in person, you can find out about her approach by reading her book, listening to a one hour interview with her or watching an online workshop.

Enjoy!

Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, Ph.D., is a science writer, mental health advocate and pioneer in using creative writing as a tool for easing depression.

Sparking Creativity in Healing
A 50-minute video of a workshop delivered at the DBSA 2008 National Conference
Join Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, PhD, author of Writing through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper and Pen, for a virtual workshop on how journaling, blogging or creative writing.

Writing Away The Sadness – Interview
New Dimensions Radio
Guest: Elizabeth Schaefer
Program Length: 1 Hour
Media: MP3 Download

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