As an artist with experience in the 'madness' department (aka anxiety/depression), and having turned to prescription meds in the past to counter effects of said 'madness', this piece by Gila Lyons for The Millions was an important read for me.
'It seems that, whether mad or not, people are driven to create in order to understand something about themselves, the world, or their experiences and perceptions...It's possible that the medicines I take could help me travel a clearer and more direct path to that place...
To associate anxiety and depression as necessary/imperative elements of the creative process is to quarantine the artist in a box of limited possibility. To imply a need for mental unrest in order to create works of 'genius' is to deny the possibility of creating from a clear, balanced, and fully aware state of mind. True, mental unrest is often a catalyst for artistic expression, especially when it arises from the recognition of one's own humanity (this can be a daunting/earth-shattering realization for some, often associated with the classic 'midlife' and/or 'existential' crisis). But when mental instability becomes the norm, definitive of one's everyday existence, it can oft be crippling and, in turn, have the opposite effect on one's work and life.
Thus, creating from a place of mental clarity and stability should never be looked down upon, and taking the necessary steps to get there might include a short term/long term jaunt into the world of medication. Of course, if you're cool with your madness, by all means continue on as you were. What I'm suggesting is a message for the bigger picture: perhaps it's time we take a look at the way we treat these medications and the people that take them within our societal/cultural dialogue as a whole.