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Cory Monteith Died of Mixed Drug Toxicity, Heroin and Alcohol

Cory Monteith Died of Mixed Drug Toxicity, Heroin and Alcohol | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"The demons that Cory Monteith had battled for years did ultimately win in the end. The 31-year-old Glee star died of an overdose, officially referred to as mixed drug toxicity, with heroin and alcohol being among the substances found in his body..."

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Many talented performers like Cory Monteith (and other artists) struggle with alcohol and drug overuse and addiction. See my article Addiction and Creative People http://developingmultipletalents.com/211/addiction-and-creative-people/

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) & 12-Step programs are NOT the only option for treatment, and probably not the best fit for complex and creative people. See more info at one resource I know about, appropriately named Alternatives Treatment - "an addiction treatment and alcohol abuse program that focuses on giving clients the option to choose moderation instead of complete abstinence." https://www.facebook.com/txalternatives

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Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health | TalentDevelop

Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Patrick Stewart is an example of many creative people who have been deeply impacted by trauma in early life.

He notes that when he returned from military service, his father became "a weekend alcoholic who beat up my mother and terrorized the house. For years I thought of him as the enemy.”

Stewart was cast in a school play at age 12, and says he "found the stage a very safe place to be...Because of the chaos in my life, I loved the certainty..."

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emWave Personal Stress Reliever | Anxiety Relief

emWave Personal Stress Reliever | Anxiety Relief | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

HeartMath clinical studies “have dramatically demonstrated the critical link between emotion, heart function and cognitive performance." Their technology "helps you transform feelings of anger, anxiety or frustration into more peace, ease and clarity.”

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Living More Fully and Creatively Without So Much Inner Static | TalentDevelop

Living More Fully and Creatively Without So Much Inner Static | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Creative people may experience higher intensity emotions, imaginations and thinking, and may need relief at times to reduce stress and be more creative.


Martina McBride: "We're all so busy & distracted...It's nice not to have to think sometimes."

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12 Most Mind-Blowing Mental Delusions and Syndromes — PsyBlog

12 Most Mind-Blowing Mental Delusions and Syndromes — PsyBlog | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Alice-in-Wonderland syndrome, thought insertion, clinical lycanthropy, Paris syndrome and more…
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Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy? - The mythology of the mad artist continues in various forms, supported to some extent by research. Video from World Science Festival: ‘Genius’ Dark Cousin’ – “But is there really anything to this idea of the “tortured genius”? Or is it just a romanticized notion exaggerated by film and literature? Philip Glass and Julie Taymor respond to striking data presented by Dean Keith Simonton, a psychologist who has studied the nature of genius for decades.” http://talentdevelop.com/3423/madness-and-creativity-do-we-need-to-be-crazy/

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this article talks about some of the most outrageous mental disorders that people may have from different experiences or just their mind making them believe they are a certain way. For example their is a Paris syndrome where if they were disappointed by the lights and expectations of Paris they may face delusions and hallucinate.

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» Painter Robert Genn on Art and Happiness - The Creative Mind

» Painter Robert Genn on Art and Happiness - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Artist Robert Genn notes that writer Eric Wilson "disparages our current love affair with putting on a happy face" and "Dr. Thomas Svolos of the department of Psychiatry at Creighton University School of Medicine thinks Wilson is right." Genn adds, "A state of thoughtful melancholy and sensitivity breeds an elevated creativity and a more profound happiness."

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Introverted, Shy or Highly Sensitive in the Arts

Introverted, Shy or Highly Sensitive in the Arts | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Like many artists, Lorde experiences stage fright: "Before I go onstage I lock into this period of the most crippling fear."



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Artists and Addiction | TalentDevelop

Artists and Addiction | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

A number of people, including artists, use and abuse drugs, substances and activities to the point where they risk addiction and limit their creative work.


Actor and recording artist Demi Lovato is “doing well three years after going to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction” she told an entertainment news program.

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Stars young and old reflect on Hoffman's death

Stars young and old reflect on Hoffman's death | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Celebrity colleagues and admirers of Philip Seymour Hoffman shared their reaction Sunday to his death at 46 of an apparent drug overdose:


“Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart.” — Jim Carrey on Twitter.


Philip Seymour Hoffman said he used drugs a lot: "Anything I could get my hands on" - but at 22 "got panicked for my life.”


Like other talented and creative people, many actors use and abuse drugs, often as self-medication. Sometimes they risk addiction. - See more at: http://theinneractor.com/actors-and-addiction/

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Emotional Health Resources - TALENT DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES

Emotional Health Resources - TALENT DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Finding ways to maintain that optimal zone where we are neither under- or over-stimulated allows us to use our minds to respond rather than to react. The greater access you maintain to yourself, the richer and broader your array of creative tools.” Psychologist Cheryl Arutt

- See more quotes, books, articles and sites to improve your emotional balance and enhance your creative life.

 

 

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Maya Forbes revisits her childhood in 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

Maya Forbes revisits her childhood in 'Infinitely Polar Bear' | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Sundance 2014: Writer Maya Forbes set aside her fears to turn her '70s childhood with a bipolar father into 'Infinitely Polar Bear.' She directed it too." "Forbes said as a parent she has encouraged her children not to be timid. "I was always telling them, 'You have to be bold. You have to take risks. You have to put yourself out there.' But she realized that, because she couldn't commit to turning her childhood into a movie, as she had promised herself, she was failing to lead by example. So Forbes set aside her fears and started writing, and the terrors and joys of her upbringing spilled out."

Douglas Eby's insight:

One of many of my related posts: "Living With Extreme Mental States" - As she noted at the start of her blog (in 2005), writer Liz Spikol “struggles with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder and OCD." http://talentdevelop.com/361/

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» How Spirituality Protects the Brain Against Depression - Psych Central News

» How Spirituality Protects the Brain Against Depression - Psych Central News | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Engaging in regular meditation or another spiritual practice is linked to a thickening of the brain cortex, according to new research published in JAMA
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“The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.” Jungian analyst and author Marion Woodman, quoted in my article Spirituality and Creative Expression http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/02/spirituality-and-creative-expression/

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Creativity to fend off madness | TalentDevelop

Creativity to fend off madness | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
“Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab.

 

Anne Sexton, who was institutionalized for her psychosis, once said: “Poetry led me by the hand out of madness.”

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Living and Creating: Fear Is Not A Disease | TalentDevelop

Living and Creating: Fear Is Not A Disease | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

We may have a wide range of experiences with anxiety and fear, which can impact how we live and express ourselves.

 

“If we are honest with ourselves, most of us will have to admit that we live out our lives in an ocean of fear." Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

"I don’t do anything anymore that feels safe. If it doesn’t scare the crap out of you, then you’re not doing the right thing.” Sandra Bullock

 

 

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Writing wherever; Artist myths; Fraud feelings | The Inner Writer

Writing wherever; Artist myths; Fraud feelings | The Inner Writer | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it


Many writers don't have a writing studio, or a schedule always under their control. And writers can be affected by artist myths, and fraud feelings.


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Creativity and madness: The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity | TalentDevelop

Creativity and madness: The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
By Cat Robson. Some experiences of creative people can be labeled as "pathology," which can lead to a skewed sense of self, and of human experience.
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Don't Mess With My Brain [Mental Health and Creative People]

Don't Mess With My Brain [Mental Health and Creative People] | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
The movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest had a dramatic group of "crazies" - but what is the reality of mental health, especially for creative people?
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Getting beyond impostor feelings | TalentDevelop

Getting beyond impostor feelings | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Many talented and creative people experience impostor or fraud feelings about themselves, despite their accomplishments. But those beliefs can be changed.


Valerie Young, Ed.D. is an expert on impostor syndrome and commented in an Entrepreneur magazine article: “Millions of people, from entrepreneurs to celebrities, have a hard time internalizing their accomplishments.”

Douglas Eby's insight:

Also see Emotional Health Resources: Programs, books, articles and sites to improve your emotional balance and wellbeing for a better creative life.
http://talentdevelop.com/emotional-health-resources/

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Creative People, Trauma, Addiction: Colin Farrell - The Creative Mind

Creative People, Trauma, Addiction: Colin Farrell - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Basically, I'd been fairly drunk or high since I was 14." Colin Farrell

Why do so many creative people use and abuse drugs, often to the point of addiction? There is of course no easy answer, but one of the factors for many people may be childhood trauma.

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Lorde admits to crippling stage fright

Lorde admits to crippling stage fright | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Just turned 17, the Kiwi pop sensation reveals that the 30 minutes before each show are "the worst half-hour" of her life."

Douglas Eby's insight:

Many people who present or perform may experience the anxiety of stage fright or public speaking fear. - See my article Dealing With Stage Fright and Public Speaking Fear http://anxietyreliefsolutions.com/dealing-stage-fright-public-speaking-fear/

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Actors and Addiction | The Inner Actor

Actors and Addiction | The Inner Actor | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Philip Seymour Hoffman admitted he used drugs and alcohol earlier in his life. A lot. “It was all that stuff. It was anything I could get my hands on. I liked it all.” He has also commented that “Film is a very uncomfortable medium for an actor. It’s just not conducive to doing what actors do." - Other actors in this article: Edie Falco, Russell Brand, Tatum O’Neal, Johnny Depp, Ed Harris, Michael J. Fox, Robert Downey Jr., Faye Dunaway, Carrie Fisher, Colin Farrell, Lynda Carter and others.

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�� Actors and Addiction | The Inner Actor

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Howie Mandel: 'We don't take care of our mental health'

Howie Mandel: 'We don't take care of our mental health' | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Howie Mandel says the embarrassment and stigma surrounding mental health needs to end.

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Also see my publication: Psychology and Mental Health Daily
http://paper.li/talentdevelop/psychology
and multiple articles on mental health
http://talentdevelop.com/category/mental-health/

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Paige durand's curator insight, March 5, 9:36 PM

I think Howie Mandel is completely right and how mental disorders should not be ashamed of. I for one had the fear of gems and that they would somehow get me greatly ill or would spread all over me. I remember in high school how people would ask me why i constantly washed my hands or used hand sanitize just because i read someone else's paper. then once people began to notice it more, people would call me names or make me feel embarrassed because i felt like i needed to wash my hands. I finally got the help i need but i know how he felt and how horrible it was. He explains his story of his OCD, ADHD, and, depression. He explains how people actually need to get help when it first starts rather than wait since it only gets worse. But unfortunately when he was younger they did not know what his case was.

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» Creative Expression and Sexual Abuse - The Creative Mind

» Creative Expression and Sexual Abuse - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Many people experience unwanted sexual contact, rape and other forms of sexual abuse and help deal with the aftermath through creative expression.

 

The painting is a self portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653). An article notes she was raped by an art tutor of hers...“The trauma of the rape and trial impacted on Artemisia’s painting. Her graphic depictions were cathartic and symbolic attempts to deal with the physical and psychic pain."

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Negative emotions - How do we create them? | TalentDevelop

Negative emotions - How do we create them? | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Why do we experience troubling, disrupting, and often self-limiting, emotions, for example anxiety, and what can we do about them?
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Madness - Shots of Awe - YouTube

"We might say that both the artist and the neurotic bite off more than they can chew, but the artist spews it back out again and chews it over in an objectified way, as an external, active, work project..." - Ernest Becker

[books: http://buff.ly/1eGAY0C

 

 

Douglas Eby's insight:

Related article: “Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?” Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. comments: “I do believe that If the mental processes associated with psychosis were evaporated entirely from this world, art would suck. But so would a lot of other things that require imagination.” http://talentdevelop.com/3423/madness-and-creativity-do-we-need-to-be-crazy/

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Unfreeze Those Feelings!

Unfreeze Those Feelings! | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Feelings that are frozen can create many different problems: emotional and physical. Learn to unfreeze, process and integrate the message of your feelings.

 

"Highly sensitive people and severely abused people need to be aware that they can accept and take charge of their healing process by finding therapeutic practices and groups that will let them forgive and let go of the past. Engaging in such practices helps minimize the potential for long term destructive addiction and therefore is valuable for all people."

Douglas Eby's insight:

Trauma takes many forms, and has different sources and levels of impact for each of us. See quotes by and about many well-known artists such as Sarah Polley, Halle Berry, Lady Gaga, will.i.am, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonathan Safran Foer and many others, in my article "Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health" - which includes a number of videos, book quotes, programs and other resources: http://talentdevelop.com/6550/creative-people-and-trauma/

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