You are right; this isn’t just about you~ it is about me and others, as well. I had never heard of the term, “Dysthymia” before, but, it lead me to discover “cyclothymia” which is a condition I believe I am subject to. An art instructor once handed out “creative licenses” to everyone in a drawing class I was taking- they were blank index cards. This was probably the most valuable lesson I learned from this instructor, for he was part of the catalyst that caused me to transfer to a different school.
“Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.”~ Theodore Dreiser, “Life, Art, and America”, 1917.