Bad advice can come from well-meaning friends and professionals.

Patient A was a wholly untrained artist.  His main source of joy was making exquisite paintings that belonged in a children’s book.  He was told by several friends that he should paint portraits or still-lifes or landscapes.  He stopped painting entirely and lost his main source of joy.

Patient B suffered from severe anxiety, depression and sudden mood changes.  He was emotionally constricted and unaware.  His love of music was his only clear emotional outlet.  “You’re hiding behind music.  Stop!” a therapist told him.  He stopped.  And his condition deteriorated.

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