by Philip Ruddy, LMFT, Depth Psychotherapist
CNN recently explored the link between comedy, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues for their upcoming 8-part documentary series, The History of Comedy, which begins airing July 15th.
The accompanying article below is packed with fascinating highlights gleaned from their findings, as well as psychological research studies on comedic performers, noting how they differ from other creative types.
For example, did you know that comedians commonly appear to have "two competing personality traits: introverted anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure) and extroverted impulsiveness. Although they are similar to actors, who remain extroverted, open and interested in understanding the world around them, comedians have introverted traits that make them asocial and a little emotionally flat. Some also suffer from clinical depression."
According to another theory, performing comedy may be an attempt to self-medicate some of these psychological issues. (No surprise here for the many performers who routinely joke that the only thing worse than doing stand-up for their mental health, is NOT doing stand-up.") Click HERE to read the entire article, and see if you can relate.
The life of a stand-up comedian or comedy writer can be highly rewarding -- and extremely challenging. Learning tools to enhance self-care and manage stress, anxiety, or depression, can make a critical difference.
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