Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, Ph.D.

New Book

Writing through the Darkness is a practical, supportive guide to using creative writing exercises to ease the symptoms of depression.

"This clearly written book is both scholarly and personal. Schaefer poignantly describes her own experience of depression, and sections on the connection between writing and depression reflect her significant background in this area. This book is readable, innovative, and highly recommended for people interested in the interface between creativity and serious depression, and in how writing can be an important component of recovery."

-- Dr. William T. McKinney, M.D. Emeritus Professor and former Director of the Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders, Northwestern University

Writing through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper and Pen
One in five people will struggle with depression, and virtually everyone copes with significant grief and turmoil at times. Writing through the Darkness offers a menu of writing approaches -- journaling, poetry, memoir, and storytelling -- to help alleviate the anguish, confusion, and pain of stigma associated with depression. Quotes and writing samples from students provide inspiration and encouragement, and extensive resources direct readers to additional writing prompts, instruction, and accurate mental health information and assistance. Practical how-to discussions and plentiful exercises demonstrate how writing can help those with depression modulate their moods and develop greater insight.