“For some folks, it’s like, I’m feeling depressed but when I get into my painting I forget about my depression and I transport to another world…but they stop painting, and they’re right back to depression and nothing’s really changed,” Howes says. “And for some folks they use their art to work through it. Like, ok, I’m not leaving my depression, I’m going to write poetry to help process my depression or help express my feelings.”
Sometimes, people use creativity as a way to escape life problems. There’s nothing wrong with that, and it definitely can work. However, it probably isn’t a sustainable solution to mental health issues you might be having.