How do you escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear?

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”

Graham Greene

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I can be very talkative, though often do not enjoy talking. For me face-to-face interactions and talking are often lacking depth and meaning of writing and reading. Physical and social attributes of another person distract from the real essence of his or her being. I find reading and blogging much more helpful in expressing myself and interacting with other people.


What about you?

How do you escape the madness, melancholia,
the panic and fear?

What is your favourite way of expressing yourself
and interacting with other people?


41 thoughts on “How do you escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear?

  1. bert0001 says:

    I see that “madness, melancholia, the panic and fear” are all in the mind. Little children have to be pointed to an interesting event, to move out of a tantrum. With some luck that takes a few minutes or less. Our adult minds don’t work much different, except that we forget to see the beauty of the little rabbit on the meadow, and we refuse the pointing finger of a fellow traveller. Meanwhile that traveller is afraid to point the finger, as his own happiness might be scattered doing so. So we have to find a way to show ourselves the beauty that is all around. Create our own panic room, with pointing fingers on the ceiling so we cannot destroy in anger biting our own fingers.
    A little gratitude meditation, at the beginning and closure of everyday also helps 🙂
    These days I publish pictures of things I find beautiful. That’s my present way of expressing and interacting … and seldom, like today, in a rare comment like this one.
    Have a great week — …

  2. Re says:

    I prefer my solitude and laptop to overcome all that you have mentioned. 🙂

  3. The more fears I go through, the more open I become.
    The more open that I am, the more I ‘feel’ another.
    The more I ‘feel’ another, the more unconditional I become.
    The more unconditional I become, the more love I give to self.
    The more love I give to self…I am, and the pains of this world no longer matter, for they are built on the expectations I no longer have.

    Thanks Otrazhenie, great post. And this is what I do 🙂 Mark

  4. ErikaKind says:

    What can I say… writing, making music, listening to music, exchanging thoughts, sitting and observing nature…

  5. mrsugarbears says:

    I spend a lot of time reading. In extreme cases, I lose myself in a Netflix series.
    My book club and my blog help me keep it together, especially during the cold months. I just don’t do well when I’m indoors for too long. My job is inside a building with no windows which doesn’t help the melancholy. I find myself staring into a roaring fire way too much during the cold season.

  6. Thanks for the shout-out!

  7. Nature and creative activities, writing is high up, are helpful for me. And, of course my dogs and helping dogs. When I’m down, I like to help another and that sure does help me. Sometimes with really close friends a deep conversation is possible and that has also helped. Important question for us to ponder. Thank you. ❤

  8. GirlWonder says:

    I escape the melancholia by reading and writing…… But my writing isn’t shared with others so there’s no interchange of communication.

  9. katelon says:

    I don’t experience panic, fear, etc. anymore. I know I’m on a path and assisting the planet in ridding itself of the dark that has ruled it, so this keeps me moving forward. I like connecting to people in all ways…my blog, conversations, emails, FB…I’m like a golden retriever dog…always ready to connect and share 🙂

  10. agapeloved says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you’ll visit again soon!

  11. sulagno13 says:

    My favorite way of expressing myself and interacting with people is by writing stories and poems. I mainly write about people i met, who came those who stayed and those who went away. i try to put down in words various incidents, my thoughts and feelings may be for some one or the world in my vision. In all i love what i write ❤ 🙂

  12. Escaping by finding a little alone time blogging, gardening, sitting and enjoying my backyard view. I also thank my God for all that I have been blessed with!

  13. I also like to interact with humor…..

  14. trentng says:

    I generally am good at talking to people, but tend to waffle on non-sensible whatevers to fuel a boring/dying conversation. I deal with my fear of being uninteresting by way of talking at people until I feel i’m done xD As for Melancholia and Madness, well I defuse the consequential anger and negativity by exercise, meditation or by drowning out the unnecessary weighty dullness by reinforcing positive thoughts..keeping dopamine levels high and forging on through the storm. Panic, though initially crippling, I just laugh off in the end. I tend to brute force my way through psychological battles i’m having in my head, not in a negative way but, in a way that lets me carve through the bullshit and realise how much it really isnt a big deal. Keeping cool, calm and collected is my forte in that regard

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  17. Mélanie says:

    extremely vast and delicate subject, Miss O… I’d like to elaborate, but it would take too long, otherwise, my reply may be “mediocre and superficial”… which is not my cup of green tea or dark coffee… 🙂

  18. Although I am a talkative person, my thoughts are shown in the best light when I write them. Because not all the times you can speak to most of the people like you write. The innermost self and emotions flow better through your hand.

  19. Taking photographs is a way for expressing creativity for me and I write about my experiences and what I have learnt….writing keeps me sane 🙂

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