Dinting Depression:

 

A colour shop

A colour shop

If I could cure one ailment I should choose depression. Depression can associate itself with so many other ailments and diminish the quality of life. I should choose to use colour to create environments that are uplifting and inspiring. Once one can see life from a positive stance, any other problems can be seen in perspective and dealt with.

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Visiting an art shop today I was reminded how many colours we have to choose from. The window display with many yellow jars just lifted my spirits. This would become my colour shop where people could come and choose clothing, haberdashery, paint, lozenges to bath salts in any chosen colour. Music, too, would be part of the cure.

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Placebo Effect, by Michelle W.                                                                                                                         If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a simple ailment, what would you cure and why?

 

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20 thoughts on “Dinting Depression:

  1. simon682

    I have many cures for depression and each in their times has worked to a greater or lesser degree. Colours are a key part though I have found that sometimes only time cures the deepest blues.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      When I was teaching, I persuaded the Principal to let me paint the time-out room pink. We looked at research, and it wasn’t decisive, but she gave into my whim. I also made cushions of beautiful colours, so that the room wasn’t so stark. It made me feel better in doing so, and I hope the students benefitted!

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  2. Aunt Beulah

    Such a wonderful idea, Barbara. I gazed long at the photographs and realized you are really on to something. How could one look at a window shop full of yellow and not feel a bit better, even temporarily.

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  3. Silver in the Barn

    There’s a fabulous exhibit going on right now in Richmond at the VMFA of French floral still-lifes. One in particular is very moving, a Van Gogh. So full of color and vibrancy yet painted shortly before his death. His paintings always manage to break my heart a bit.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Barbara, how wonderful to be able to see a Van Gogh. His life story is a sad one, but it was wonderful that he could share his abilities before he died. I have seen some of his work and found them really vibrant.

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  4. fatericsmum

    Such a timely post (for me) Barbara! We lost a calf a few weeks ago and I’ve been quite ill with a horrible virus (I suspect the two events were related) and have been feeling very down. Your lovely colours are just the thing!

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  5. gerard oosterman

    Yes, the environment and good colour harmony with developed sense for beauty do help enormously. Good design ought to be a subject taught at all schools. Form relationship, colour harmony are so important and yet so neglected.
    Anyone with the slightest claim to sensitivity would get depressed at some of our public man made urban spaces. Who would not? We do have eyes and absorb our environment, it influences us enormously.

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      1. steamablebk

        I agree with that idea, but does that imply that when someone hates their daily routine, they will inevitably become depressed?

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      2. Martha Kennedy

        Depression is feeling down in spite of the fact that you know you are happy and that everything around you is fine. There’s a conflict inside between your mood and reality and you feel helpless to find or engage with what you KNOW is out there. You cannot find pleasure in things you KNOW you love and even the people you care for seem to be made of straw. The world around you seems to have a dark border that grows toward the center, and it feels as if you will be caught inside of it when it finally closes. You cannot find yourself and it’s very hard for anyone else to find you. It’s very frightening. Your brain no longer works like it should; simple things become difficult to understand. Grief feels like depression, but it usually lifts on its own after a few weeks. I guess we could say depression is grief with no cause and no limit. Like that.

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      3. bkpyett Post author

        I think depression is deeper than hating ones daily routine, though I guess this could lead to depression. Martha has written about it much better than I can.

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  6. kanzensakura

    Being a person who has depression – bipolar depression – it is something hard to deal with and on many days, to find a positive in and to lift myself up from the depths. But I do continue to try and refuse to give in. I do give myself leeway to be low and don’t beat up onmyself. But if depression would disappear off the face of the earth, I would be one of the first tostand and cheer and be truly grateful.

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