Ghosts and Demons and Shadows! Oh My! | The Frozen Lake Demon

Posted by Laurel Leaside | Nov 7, 2017 | Art, Community Collaboration, Depression, Ghosts and Demons and Shadows! Oh My! | 2 |

One of my personal favorite entries (they were all so good!) from our Ghosts & Demons & Shadows! Oh My!” contest was this chilling little guy, “The Frozen Lake Demon-submerged in the grip of icy depression” submitted by Stuart Stratu.

Why? you ask:) well..
1. I can relate to it- as I have shared before, me and depression go way back.
2. It is a very accurate depiction of how it feels for me when I get overcome by this demon (or my version “The Demon of Icy Depression and Forever Numbness”).
3. Such a cute and funny depiction of such an awful feeling and that is sooo much in the spirit of this creative collab.
4. I had to get close and really take a look before I could realize what I was looking at and then chuckling would insue (which happened numerous times).

I wish I could blame it on the new chill of winter in the air, but I know my own demon of icy depression can come in any weather. Thinking about it sends shivers down my spine. When it’s really up, I can go numb right to the bones and eventually feel nothing at all. That is what this entry reminds me of- that place where I have fallen in, lungs filled up with heavy icy water, while being guarded from above just in case there is any stir of life at all left, everything is completely still. It can all feel pretty helpless and endless which is super scary.

If this demon or one of his kin;) visit you frequently and tends to stick around for a while (aka you spend longer than two weeks feeling blah) you should probably look into the possibility of clinical depression or one of its cousins. We can get so used to this kind of suffering but it isn’t necessary and help can be found. It might take some time to find the right combination of things to have you feeling more better more often- meds, diet, exercise, gut health/healing, cognitive behavioural therapy, hormonal balancing, daily meditation, a saad lamp, the list goes on and on. Take the time to figure out if this is just regular blues that everyone goes through or a more pernicious kind of depression that you need assistance to diagnose.

Even if you have had something traumatic come up and trigger natural normal human sadness, talking to the right trained professional can help you move through those hard to process feelings, get them set straight and maybe even find some gold.

And sometimes just that simple idea- what would make right now just even a little bit better (and is within my control- and I know this can be reaaaallllllll hard from the bottom of that freezing lake with a demon guarding you)), but maybe if you try just the littlest things, and reflect on how better actually feels, and then allow just one more better thing to come in. You might be surprised at what can come.

Thank you sstratu for your adorably funny illustration of one of my most dreaded personal demons. You made me laugh, you made my blood run cold  and I say that is great art!

If you or a loved one you know battles with any Mental Health Issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.

This post was created with the help of Grammarly.



  1. Stuart Stratu

    Laurel, you really made my day! My week! My month! It’s not possible to convey the great feeling when one’s art has connected with some one, especially when it’s about an affliction that makes you feel so alone and disconnected from life and even your family and friends. Thank YOU!

  2. Laurel Leaside

    Aww thank you SStratu!

    Your comment really brings this community collab full circle for me. It was such a great feeling for me when we got amazing responses like yours to our call out. To have people sharing in this way is way and connecting about issues that are often isolating is really amazing:)

    Hope we get to see more of your art!


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