Edgar Allan Poe doesn’t strike me as a particularly happy person and his stories certainly were no walks in the park.
Addison wasn’t a very happy person. He thought sleep was a waste of time. I doubt he was well adjusted. He was possibly bipolar.
One of the musical geniuses of all time Beethoven was known to be grumpy way before he got old and deaf. He wasn’t a well-adjusted individual.
Happy people just don’t create. Ideas, art, inventions, writings, paintings, music whatever. Can you name any well-adjusted people who’ve contributed to humanity as we know it today? Look at Thomas Alva Addison. The man was a genius, he invented elecricity! Could there have been any other invention that has shed so much light before or since?
Van Gogh cut off his ear in a crazy-frenzy and it’s rumoured he posted it to his ex lover. I’m thinking he wasn’t happy.
Then there’s the members of the 27 club. Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse the latest member. Can’t see anything but a desperation to get out when considering the members of this club.
So times of deppression (not just deppressed individuals) make for some interesting and innovative times and people will probably tap into resourcefulness they never thought they had. Necessity is the mother of invention after all.
In times of economic distress, when resources are limited, we are more likely to tap into inner resources to make the most to provide relative comfort. It is times like these that give birth to inventions and we shall see what this next worldwide collapse of the credit system will give birth to.