Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, Ph.D.

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.