I DO NOT HAVE AN EATING DISORDER - Page 34
I think this was by far the greatest challenge I faced with antidepressants. Doctors didn’t seem to really see this as a genuine concern, but as someone who often deals with their emotions through creative processes, being unable to draw was devastating. That was one of the great motivators in starting these comics - the process of drawing was (initially at least) less emotional and more mechanical, so I could more or less go through the motions until I found my feet again.
I also used a wonderful tool that my girlfriend bought me, the book Finding Your Voice Through Creativity - the art and journalling workbook for disordered eating (http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Your-Voice-Through-Creativity/dp/0936077301). It essentially gathers together a number of self-guided art therapy exercises which guide the reader through an exploration of body image, stress and self esteem. Many of the exercises seem foolish at first, but I am constantly surprised at the results that are unearthed through them. Highly recommended for creative types seeking a better understanding of how they relate to their bodies.