So instead of giving in to despair I chose active melancholy, in so far as I was capable of activity, in other words I chose the kind of melancholy that hopes, that strives and that seeks, in preference to the melancholy that despairs numbly and in distress.
Vincent van Gogh

In the end, I feel that one has to have a bit of neurosis to go on being an artist. A balanced human seldom produces art. It’s that imbalance which impels us… The artist lives with anxiety.
Beverly Pepper

Anxiety is the essential condition of intellectual and artistic creation”
Charles Frankel

This section contains links to exhibitions of art, literary and other achievements of sufferers of OCD, OC Spectrum disorders, anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders, anxiety disorders, ASDs autism spectrum disorders, and other mental health or neurological conditions. Anyone with any of the aforementioned conditions may contribute by sending in scanned photographs of art work, crafts or send files of literary accomplishments such as poetry or short stories or any other literary contribution of reasonable length.  Also sufferers are invited to send in short autobiographies to accompany their art work concerning their experiences as a sufferer of the aforementioned illnesses and how their art has helped them. However an autobiography need not accompany artistic or literary work if you are uncomfortable with this. Nonetheless in order to include contributions I would appreciate a short introduction to yourself, you need not use your real name, just a few basic details even if it is only the name of  the condition from which you suffer and the length of its duration.

If you are not involved with visual arts but are talented in other ways for example music, acting, dancing and so on you are invited to write about your ability and how it has helped you cope with your respective illness.

Please note:

Some of these pages are graphic intensive and may take a while to download, please be patient. This is my first web site and unfortunately I may have made some of the images rather large, a mistake I hope to rectify as soon as possible. In spite of any difficulties I hope you enjoy these contributions.

Luis Leonal Lopez Sculpture New September 2008

Shirley: Poetry My Little Man  Click to go directly to Two new poems from Shirley

Andre Pell: Poetry In the Stillness of the Evening

 Zed Null. Poetry: Poem Why Can’t I stop?

Lynda Johnson: Patchwork and Teddy bears.

Christine: Painting and drawing

Christine: Clip art

John Photography.  New August 2008  Click to go directly to Six new photographs for use as desktop wallpaper

Sandra Donkin: Creative Writing.

Madelyn Denniston Keach: Poetry

Kevin: Drawing and Rock Painting.

Michael Knight: Poetry.

Shimanta Bhattacharyya: Poetry 

Shirely Franklin: Poetry 

Sandra (Sani)  Poetry

Kirk Stacy : Caricatures – School of OCD

Kirk Stacy : Caricatures – three new graphics  

John: A ghost story

Gail’s Gerard’s Store Front

Gail is a talented writer and suffers with bipolar disorder and OCD. Gail writes about a diverse range of subjects, including recipes and poetry among others in both Spanish and English.