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Depression, Creativity, and a New Pair of Shoes

Depression, Creativity, and a New Pair of Shoes | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

By Shelley H. Carson, Ph.D.

Since the time of Aristotle, creativity in the arts has been linked to melancholia...but depression itself doesn't necessarily enhance creativity. Quite the opposite: most poets, artists, and composers have reported over the years that they are decidedly unable to work during episodes of severe depression. In fact, many have found their inability to create while depressed to be an impetus for ending it all. Virginia Woolf, for example...

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Related: Rethinking Creativity and Depression

http://depressionandcreativity.org/139/rethinking-creativity-and-depression/

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Rethinking Creativity and Depression

Rethinking Creativity and Depression | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Many creative people experience depression. It is vital to get help, but also to consider how we label and respond to mental health challenges.

In her article “Clinical Depression Then and Now,” Patricia Waldron, M.D. noted that art historian Erwin Panofsky referred to this famous artwork, Melencolia I (from 1514) as Albrecht Dürer’s “spiritual self-portrait.”

She added, “We know, indeed, that Dürer thought of himself as melancholic and frequently experienced dejection and a sense of ‘powerlessness’ in the face of the staggering intellectual and technical demands he placed on himself."

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Depression and Creativity

Depression and Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
"I have thought Too long and darkly, till my brain became, In its own eddy boiling and o'erwrought, A whirling gulf of phantasy and flame..." -- Lord Byron

 

Depression usually yields nothing but suffering. The same is true of mania. However, often depression, especially in its phases of resolution, does contribute to a creative spurt, as the individual resolves, at least for the time being, the underlying emotional conflicts. //

 

Related page of mine: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Depression-and-Creativity/399254776768105

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Byron gives a vivid description of intellectual, imaginational, emotional overexcitabilites, or just excitabilites. One post on the topic: Excitabilities and Gifted People – an intro by Susan Daniels. http://highability.org/537/

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Depression Chemical Imbalance Doesn't Exist, Experts Say

Depression Chemical Imbalance Doesn't Exist, Experts Say | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Many creative people deal with mental health challenges, especially depression. This article notes: "Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, a mental health expert from the department of mental health services at University College in London says that although doctors, the media, and society in general has latched on to the idea that depression and anxiety, for example, are just evidence of a “chemical imbalance” in the brain, there is no hard evidence to support this.

“Scientific research has not detected any reliable abnormalities of the serotonin system in people who are depressed.”

While many people are convinced this is indeed their problem and therefore are okay with being offered a drug to solve the “problem”, she says the problem is that we are minimizing the seriousness of taking drugs to solve a “mental disorder.”

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Related: Giftedness, sensitivity and psychiatric drugs: why do we take them and why do we quit?

http://talentdevelop.com/3898/

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Jonah Lehrer Meets Stephen Fry – The Paradoxes of Bipolar and Creativity

Jonah Lehrer Meets Stephen Fry – The Paradoxes of Bipolar and Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Experimental work by researchers like Joe Forgas and Modupe Akinola, which shows that melancholy can sharpen cognition, now fattens the pile of studies pioneered by researchers such as Nancy Andreasen...who found that prominent British novelists and poets were eight times as likely as the general population to suffer from major depression.

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Image from post: Can Mood Swings Enhance Our Creativity?

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/03/can-mood-swings-enhance-our-creativity/

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Jon Hamm on his depression earlier in life

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Jon Hamm (TV series 'Mad Men') talks about his life following the death of his father when he was 20, including his recovery from depression.

 

Hamm said, ‘I very much knew what the idea of permanence was by that point. I dropped out of school, moved into the basement of my older half-sister Julie’s house, enrolled in a local college and sank into depression.

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Related site: Depression and Creativity
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Depression-and-Creativity/399254776768105

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