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I Needed Color to Heal from Depression

Continuing from the last post about my mother’s Bipolar diagnosis and artistic abilities, I thought I’d also touch on how painting can help those who suffer from depression. My mother had serious bouts of depression, where she would sleep for days, sometimes weeks on end. In 2015 I was also diagnosed with clinical depression. In honor of my mother and to help with my depression, I began teaching art therapy techniques to help others healthily cope with mental health conditions. Sometimes my students will draw, write poetry, compose music, paint, and do other activities. Often times we might not know how to verbally express what’s bothering us, but we know how to communicate artistically. 

Actor Jim Carrey has been absent from the big screen for a while now, but when I read that he was making a more organic return with his documentary, I Needed ColorI knew I had to include it in this post. As Opie (2017) notes, “the clips shown in I Needed Color suggest that Jim Carrey’s passion for paint is more than just a pastime.

You don’t need to be a detective — pet or otherwise — to see how Carrey uses art as a cathartic means of healing following his battle with depression. This is particularly understandable given how turbulent and traumatic Carrey’s personal life has been in recent years.

As Carrey himself says in relation to his art:

‘I like the independence of it. I love the freedom of it. No one else tells you what you can or can’t do, most of the time. And there’s an immediacy to it.”’


Opie, D. (August 9, 2017). I Needed Color: New Documentary Reveals That Jim Carey Is An Artist In The Truest Sense Of The Word.

I Needed Color to Heal from Depression

Nikki DuBose

Author of Washed Away: From Darkness to Light. Advocate & Ambassador.

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DuBose, N. (2017). I Needed Color to Heal from Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 19, 2019, from


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