Rick Rigdon (INFJ) on starting his 'Mystical Bear' blog to overcome PTSD, depression & anxiety



Rick describes his blog as follows:

“An experiment to help overcome PTSD, depression, and anxiety. A way to rediscover the voice lost years ago. A motivational tool to help write the novel that’s haunted me for years.

Mystical Bear is all this and more. I invite you to join me on this journey. I’m not promising an easy go of it, but hopefully you’ll find it worthwhile. And just maybe you’ll find ways to deal with some of your own darkness through the written word.”

In Rick’s words:

“I’m a 63 year-old gay man who lives with my spouse of 26 years in Everett, Washington. (We’ve officially been married for 8 years after marriage equality passed in the US). I’m an INFJ who’s a semi-retired web developer. This past year, I created a blog (Mystical Bear) where I document my experiences of using the writing of a novel as a tool to help overcome depression, anxiety, and PTSD that I’ve experienced most of my life.”

Here’s what we talk about:

0:00 intro / Rick’s story
3:45 Rick’s experiences with conventional therapy / what worked for him & what didn’t
8:00 Flashbacks & a painful break-up / on unhappy experiences & mental health stuff
15:00 How holotropic breathwork helped Rick (& others in his group)
24:04 Rick’s current outlook on his depression
26:30 The importance of having a creative outlet to manage his depression (+ some of the jobs Rick has had)
30:20 Rick’s fiction project / the origins of the story he is writing
33:00 Rick’s relationship with his father
40:48 Rick’s experiences with blogging
46:00 On writing for ourselves, authenticity, and sharing what we write online
49:36 Why Rick decided to start his MysticalBear blog
59:48 How sharing his experiences online has helped him so far

📝 notes: https://infclub.net/shownotes/episode-65-rick-rigdon-infj-on-starting-his-mystical-bear-blog-to-overcome-ptsd-depression-and-anxiety

🗂️ resources: https://wwrp.link/jas

Source: Youtube