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Creative Anxiety | TalentDevelop

Creative Anxiety | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Creativity coach Eric Maisel asks, "Are you creating less often than you would like? Are you avoiding your creative work altogether? That’s anxiety."

 

Included is a brief video with his comments, plus related articles on recognizing and dealing the kinds of anxiety creative people may feel.

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Creativity and madness: High ability and mental health

Creativity and madness: High ability and mental health | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

The lives of many exceptionally talented people with mental health challenges illustrate not only the stresses of illness but also how they can be overcome.

 

Elyn Saks is a college valedictorian, Oxford scholar, Yale law student, USC legal professor – and a person with schizophrenia.

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If you aren’t in a positive mood, forget being creative

If you aren’t in a positive mood, forget being creative | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Want better, more original ideas? A good starting place is to consider what sort of mood you are in.

Via Barbara Kerr
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Book: Speed Thinking: How to Thrive in a Time-Poor World by Ken Hudson http://buff.ly/19WeXaK

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:04 PM

If we need another reason to be positive, here's an interesting one--it can boost creativity.

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» Therapy Helps Access Our Creative Inner Life - The Creative Mind

» Therapy Helps Access Our Creative Inner Life - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Many creative people have talked about how valuable it can be to use therapy or counseling for dealing with challenges, or to enhance self-understanding.

 

Maggie Gyllenhaal says she began therapy without a “specific, clear, rational thing” that made her start, “but as soon as I did, everything in my life changed, almost immediately.” She continued, “There’s another part of me working that isn’t the intellectual side – the unconscious – and that was not awake most of my life. Not actively. There were times when it would push through, but now I feel I’m really honoring it.”

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» Mental Health and Creative People: Self-Injury - The Creative Mind

» Mental Health and Creative People: Self-Injury - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Studies typically find that about 6-8 percent of adolescents and young adults report current, chronic self-injury. Most self-injure for emotional regulation.

 

“It’s like having a drink. But it’s quicker. You know how your brain shuts down from pain? The pain would be so bad, it would force my body to slow down, and I wouldn’t be as anxious. It made me calm.” Actor Christina Ricci

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Creative obsessions: Adam Savage and Stanley Kubrick | TalentDevelop

Creative obsessions: Adam Savage and Stanley Kubrick | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Is the kind of obsession many artists have a mental health problem, some sort of OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Or is it just part of creative work?

 

Adam Savage (of "MythBusters") relates how he collected thousands of images and documents, and crafted a beautiful museum-quality mounted skeleton of the defunct Dodo bird.

Another example: perfectionistic director Stanley Kubrick once had a photographer take pictures of every single building on a road in London, so he could lay them side-by-side in his living room.

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Why Creativity Now? A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson

Why Creativity Now? A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

One of the many stimulating comments by Ken Robinson: "The third misconception is that creativity is just about letting yourself go, kind of running around the room and going a bit crazy. Really, creativity is a disciplined process that requires skill, knowledge, and control. Obviously, it also requires imagination and inspiration."

 

 

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In one of my related posts: "Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?" - I include quotes of his, such as: "We are educating people out of their creativity. By the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity to take a chance. They have become frightened of being wrong." http://talentdevelop.com/69/sir-ken-robinson-do-schools-kill-creativity/

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In one of my related posts: "Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?" - I include quotes of his, such as: "We are educating people out of their creativity. By the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity to take a chance. They have become frightened of being wrong." http://talentdevelop.com/69/sir-ken-robinson-do-schools-kill-creativity/

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Woody Allen On Filmmaking As Therapy For Depression

Woody Allen On Filmmaking As Therapy For Depression | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Director Woody Allen notes he gets pleasure from filmmaking, and after decades of psychotherapy, says it is his version of basket weaving.

 

“I could sit here suffering from morbid introspection, ruing my mortality, being anxious. But it’s very therapeutic to get up and think, Can I get this actor; does my third act work? All these solvable problems that are delightful puzzles…"

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Asperger’s and Creativity - The Creative Mind

Asperger’s and Creativity - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Can Asperger's Syndrome or related conditions include neurological differences and qualities that enhance creativity?
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Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius?

Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius? | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Must one risk getting lost in the sea of madness in order to reach the lone island of genius?

Via Dina Gálvez
Douglas Eby's insight:

Dr. Judith Schlesinger notes the ‘mad genius’ myth "has been integral to Western culture for centuries. It is also hogwash." - From my post Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?
http://talentdevelop.com/3423/madness-and-creativity-do-we-need-to-be-crazy/

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Paul Grout's comment, August 15, 2013 2:00 AM
Madness and creativity: Do we need to be crazy? I believe that we do not need to be crazy to be creative, just open to new possibilities which may step out of the normal way of thinking. Thats what creativity is all about. Being flexible and allowing puzzles to be fixed together to form a representation of one's inner values and insights. Creative people are often dreamers and sometimes may appear to have lost touch of reality, which in turn may contribute towards a crazy appearance :) http://creativeflowevolution.com/
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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..."

Douglas Eby's insight:

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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Inspired By Her Father's Death, Demi Lovato Gives Back

Inspired By Her Father's Death, Demi Lovato Gives Back | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Demi Lovato's father, Patrick, died last weekend after battling cancer for many years.

 

Lovato said her father suffered from mental illness in a way that hindered his ability to function well in society. The brave 20-year-old also mentioned that she herself had struggled with mental illness (she had been in rehab in the past) and announced the launch of "The Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program."

Douglas Eby's insight:

Post: "Creative People and Madness" - part of much longer page: "Creative People: Personality and Mental Health" http://talentdevelop.com/creative-people-personality-and-mental-health-webinar/

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Working with depression - creativity and mood disorders

Working with depression - creativity and mood disorders | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

“I was feeling so sad all the time, and I couldn’t shake it. I started burying my feelings, and it got to a point where I couldn’t even tell my family or my friends, ‘I’m twisted,’ or ‘I’m exhausted,’ or ‘I’m so angry.’ I became a master of putting up the wall so that I was unreadable.” - Alicia Keys

One of the reasons we need to manage depression as creative people, is so we don’t get too walled off or shut down to create.

 

 

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Intelligence, Creativity and Mania

Intelligence, Creativity and Mania | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

by Eric Maisel, PhD. - 'The current naming system used to describe “mental disorders” is weak and suspect and perhaps so flawed as to be both useless and dangerous… and also leads to odd and wrong-headed hypotheses, for example “because you are bipolar you are creative” or “perhaps mania accounts for the higher test scores.”

One of his books: 'Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning'  http://goo.gl/J77pc

Photo: Stephen King has said: “I’ve taken off two months, three months at a time, and, by the end, I get really squirrelly. My night life, my dream life, gets extremely populated and crazed. It’s as though something in there is running all the time.” - From article: "Developing Creativity: Excitabilities – Our Teeming Brains" http://talentdevelop.com/1906/

 

 

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Will Gourley's curator insight, September 20, 2013 9:18 PM

Powerful passage from text: "One study involving 700,000 adults and reported in the British Journal ofPsychiatry indicated that former straight-A students were four times more likely to be “bipolar” (or “manic-depressive”) than their peers. In another study individuals who scored the highest on tests for “mathematical reasoning” were at a 12-times greater risk for “contracting bipolar disorder.”"

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Andrew Solomon on depression and hope | Depression and Creativity

Andrew Solomon on depression and hope | Depression and Creativity | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
By his mid-twenties, Andrew Solomon earned international accolades for his work as a novelist, journalist and historian. At 31 he descended into a major depression. He was helped by a combination of family support, medications and talk therapy.
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Rachelle Howard's curator insight, September 13, 2013 9:35 PM

Many find creativity engaging! 

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Learning to live with social anxiety | Highly Sensitive and Creative

Learning to live with social anxiety | Highly Sensitive and Creative | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Many actors say they were shy earlier in life, or even as adults, and find acting has helped them. But shyness may also be social anxiety.

 

According to a news story, “Shyness was an ongoing problem for Chris Cooper… While studying at the University of Missouri, he vowed to get ‘unblocked.’

 

“Taking dance classes at nearby Stephens College, he was one of only three men amid a roomful of women… Acting was another means of expression — ‘theater, as therapy,’ he says.

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3 Creative Lessons From The Amateurs, Rebels, And Dreamers Of Outsider Subcultures

3 Creative Lessons From The Amateurs, Rebels, And Dreamers Of Outsider Subcultures | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

'Some of the titular outsiders featured in Alissa Quart’s new book, Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels, are crazy. That’s not a judgment; it’s a self-description: Among her diverse range of nonconforming subjects, Quart explores the “Mad Pride” movement, a group of people who reject the notion that their mental illnesses are disabilities.'

 

Alissa Quart’s new book: Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels. http://buff.ly/169QlGx

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PASSINGS: Lee Thompson Young

PASSINGS: Lee Thompson Young | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Lee Thompson Young in a scene from the TNT series "Rizzoli & Isles." Los Angeles police say his death is being investigated as a suicide"

 

Another article: 'A friend said a report linking Young's depression to his religion was "a gross mischaracterization."

 

'A better explanation, the friend said, is that Young was drawn to religion because he yearned for enlightenment and may have been "too sensitive" for this world.'


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/lee-thompson-young-leave-suicide-note-source-article-1.1431739

Douglas Eby's insight:

See many posts related to creative people on my site Depression and Creativity http://depressionandcreativity.org/

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Post on my Highly Sensitive site: Winona Ryder: “Maybe I’m too sensitive for this world.”  http://highlysensitive.org/13/winona-ryder-maybe-im-too-sensitive-for-this-world/

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A link between intellectual functioning and schizophrenia |HighAbility

A link between intellectual functioning and schizophrenia |HighAbility | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Oxford scholar, Yale law student, and USC legal professor Elyn Saks revealed in her memoir some of the “horrors and demons of schizophrenia,” as described in the article A secret life of madness.

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Artists as Healers

Artists as Healers | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"The arts can give a life to the parts of ourselves that we often hide, or are scared to show in their most exploded forms. In a more traditional setting, like in a theater or a gallery, artistic work can give the audience a chance to escape from their own realities and give breath to the parts of themselves that feel touched or evoked by the piece."

 

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Author and artist SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) said she knows that art is healing “because of how it heals me and how I see it healing other people every day. Through art, we come alive through the deep connections to our souls and spirits. I’m talking about being ‘artists of life,’ not only visual artists. I believe there is an ‘art of living’ and that this art practiced heals each of us everyday in small and significant ways." - From my post Healing and art: SARK and others on abuse and creativity http://womenandtalent.com/78/

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Gifted, Talented, Creative, Anxious | High Ability / Gifted Adults

Gifted, Talented, Creative, Anxious | High Ability / Gifted Adults | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"I still have pretty much the same fears I had as a kid. I’m not sure I’d want to give them up; a lot of these insecurities fuel the movies I make.” Steven Spielberg

There can be many flavors of insecurity, self-criticism, stress and anxiety related to being gifted, talented and creative.

 

 

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Mental health and creativity (multiple articles)

The impact of mood disorders and other mental health challenges on being creative.
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Actors and Addiction

Actors and Addiction | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Many highly talented actors use and abuse drugs and alcohol, often as self-medication. Sometimes they risk addiction.

 

Edie Falco portrays the compassionate and competent – and painkiller-addicted – Jackie Peyton on the comedic drama series “Nurse Jackie.”

Falco has said her own experiences with addiction have been part of her dynamic acting.

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The link between depression and creativity, and how it can be good for you

The link between depression and creativity, and how it can be good for you | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
The link between depression and creativity, and how it can be good for you Why are so many creative types plagued with depression? It’s not creatives alone who suffer from overwhelming bouts of...
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Eric Maisel, PhD (author of The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person’s Path Through Depression) addresses in our interview some of the meaning and mood issues facing creators, including anxiety and depression. He notes, "When we fear that we do not matter or that our efforts do not matter, we get depressed." From my post Eric Maisel on investing meaning in our life and art for mental health [which includes links to many related articles, and to my related site Depression and Creativity] http://talentdevelop.com/337/eric-maisel-on-investing-meaning-in-our-art/

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 16, 2013 11:06 PM

Very interesting read...an excellent reframe on depression as seen in this quote: 

Depression, while seemingly a hinderance to a healthy and happy life, is really a balancing act that helps us focus on the areas where we need to improve most.

http://www.creativesomething.net/post/55508909341/the-link-between-depression-and-creativity-and-how-it


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» Overthinking, Worry and Creative Problem-solving - The Creative Mind

» Overthinking, Worry and Creative Problem-solving - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Imaginational and cognitive intensities may be key elements for solving problems and doing creative thinking, but can sometimes get in our way.

 

Writer Stephen King has said: “I’ve taken off two months, three months at a time, and, by the end, I get really squirrelly. My night life, my dream life, gets extremely populated and crazed. It’s as though something in there is running all the time.”

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