So, I love listening to CBC radio 2 late at night, especially when driving. I love the show, The Signal. When I went to look up the playlist, to find a song, I saw that the host has her own blog and posts about depression. She is reading the book (which I am going to locate and read eventually!) The Noonday Demon: an Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon. (my title is a quote from the book). I love the attitude about melancholy in the romantic era which she describes. Please read her post she is a good writer as well as a great radio host!
Here is another article that I found after I read the above link: I think the final paragraph of is a interesting view on depression in musicians. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2010/dec/17/musicians-depression
“Does this mean that you have to suffer for your art? There is a certain morbid fascination in watching an artist crash and burn, but the reality for the sufferer is that depression is so debilitating it’s impossible to create anything at all. It’s only when emerge from a period of illness that you can look at the darkness and find the words to describe it. So maybe the key to being a great artist and songwriter with a long and happy life is to dare to go to those dark places – but don’t make them your home.”