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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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Pain and suffering and developing creativity | Talent Development Resources

Pain and suffering and developing creativity | Talent Development Resources | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?" - Refrigerator magnet

 

Actor Maggie Gyllenhaal said “I’m not someone who believes ‘The more tempestuous the better; if we have a really horrible time, that will somehow lead to great work.’ I don’t think that. I would much rather have a collaborative, trusting, good relationship with the people I’m working with.”  

Musician Sting said, "I only know that people who are getting into this archetype of the tortured poet end up really torturing themselves to death."

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Dealing with depression to access our creativity

Dealing with depression to access our creativity | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
We need to support ourselves to deal with mental health challenges like depression that can impede creative thinking and energy.

 

Musician Shawn Colvin explained on an episode of the Oprah show, “Part of the way I’ve dealt with my depressions in the past is I’ve had the ability, if necessary, to just check out. There have been times when I’ve not shown up at work.”

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Eric Maisel on meaning in art to manage depression | TalentDevelop

Eric Maisel on meaning in art to manage depression | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Eric Maisel: “When we fear that we do not matter or that our efforts do not matter, we get depressed.

“Similarly, the places where we make large investments of meaning, for instance in our performances, paintings, or books, are places of great anxiety, because there is more than our ego on the line, there is our very sense of the meaningfulness of our life.

“If the world is not interested in our paintings, for instance, we will be hard-pressed to maintain meaning there; so, when we come to the blank canvas, we can already be a little (or a lot) frightened that a negative reaction to this as-yet-unborn painting will precipitate a meaning crisis.”

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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, July 3, 2013 2:59 AM

unread at the ninent

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The Dyslexic and Creative Mind

The Dyslexic and Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Although traditionally classified as a learning disability, dyslexia can also lead to advantages in thinking and behaving that enhance creativity.

 

“There were a lot of benefits to being dyslexic for me…I think I came into an appreciation of all those qualities of language…” Novelist Richard Ford

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Will Gourley's curator insight, June 22, 2013 10:54 PM

Great frame of understanding our learners with dyslexia.

Recommend reading Wolfe's Proust and the Squid for it's consideration of this subject too.

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Using narcotics to enhance your creativity

Using narcotics to enhance your creativity | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Many people have suggested that their creativity has been enhanced by ingesting mind and body altering chemicals. Let’s have a brief look at some of the most common. The most popular drug in use to...
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Related post: Addiction and Creative People http://developingmultipletalents.com/211/addiction-and-creative-people/

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Completes Treatment for Heroin, Prescription Pill Abuse

Philip Seymour Hoffman Completes Treatment for Heroin, Prescription Pill Abuse | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Philip Seymour Hoffman entered an East Coast-based detox center earlier this month after he realized he needed to kick abuse of prescription pills and, more recently, heroin, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

 

Hoffman, 45, has had issues with substance abuse in the past but had been sober some two decades until relapsing more than a year ago...

 

 

Douglas Eby's insight:

Many gifted and creative people self-sabotage with drugs, alcohol or other behavioral addictions. Actor Robert Downey Jr. has reportedly been clean and sober for a long time, but admits about his long history of drug abuse: "For years I took pride in being resilient." - From post: Addiction and Creative People http://developingmultipletalents.com/211/addiction-and-creative-people/

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Creativity, the Arts, and Madness

Creativity, the Arts, and Madness | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Maureen Neihart, Psy.D.

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A brief, historical review of the alleged association between creativity and madness is followed by highlights from recent research in psychiatry and clinical  psychology that address this relationship.

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Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress To Be More Creative - The Creative Mind

Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress To Be More Creative - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Living the artist’s life can be very stressful, but not if you shift from feeling your work is a demand, to an opportunity that feels enjoyable.
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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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Talented and insecure | Developing Multiple Talents

Talented and insecure | Developing Multiple Talents | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Her fourth album, Red, had opening sales of 1.21 million – the highest recorded in a decade, and Taylor Swift has had two million-plus opening weeks.

 

In a taping in front of a college audience for the tv show “VH1 Storytellers”, she responded to a question from a college student: “I doubt myself 400,000 times per 10-minute interval. I have a terrifying long list of fears."

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People with depression tend to pursue generalised goals - Medical Xpress

People with depression tend to pursue generalised goals - Medical Xpress | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Medical Xpress
"Researchers found that whilst both groups generated the same number of goals, people with depression listed goals which were more general and more abstract.

"We found that the goals that people with clinical depression listed lacked a specific focus, making it more difficult to achieve them and therefore creating a downward cycle of negative thoughts"

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The Dyslexic and Creative Mind – Part 3 - The Creative Mind

The Dyslexic and Creative Mind – Part 3 - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Although traditionally classified as a learning disability, dyslexia can also lead to advantages in thinking and behaving that enhance creativity.

 

The researchers “found that dyslexic individuals were significantly faster at recognizing impossible figures as impossible, and their faster speed didn’t sacrifice accuracy. This suggests one upside of poor reading skills: rapid and accurate ‘holistic inspection.’”

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Marilyn Monroe: Her complex Inner Life

Marilyn Monroe: Her complex Inner Life | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

“I never wanted to be Marilyn – it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.”

“I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.”

- See more at: http://talentdevelop.com/5756/#sthash.K6veEkG7.dpuf

“I never wanted to be Marilyn – it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.”

“I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.”

 

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Princess Joy Villa's curator insight, June 17, 2013 5:10 PM

Always remeber to dream.

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Negative Emotions Are Key to Well-Being: Scientific American

Negative Emotions Are Key to Well-Being: Scientific American | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Feeling sad, mad, critical or otherwise awful? Surprise: negative emotions are essential for mental health

 

"Although positive emotions are worth cultivating, problems arise when people start believing they must be upbeat all the time."

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One of my related posts: Being Happy, Being More Creative? http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2013/02/being-happy-being-more-creative/

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Carrie Underwood: “I used to have panic attacks."

Carrie Underwood: “I used to have panic attacks." | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Carrie Underwood: “At the beginning of my career, I used to have panic attacks. People were touching me, screaming—it made me really nervous. In public, I just get nervous. It’s a physical reaction, feeling like the walls are closing in.” [The Week magazine May 22, 2013, about Marie Claire cover article] //

 

Read more quotes about and by well-known creative people in article: Celebrities with anxiety and panic attacks (including Helena Bonham Carter; Colin Firth; Edie Falco, and others): http://anxietyreliefsolutions.com/celebrities-with-anxiety-and-panic-attacks/

 

 

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To suppress or to explore? Emotional strategy may influence anxiety

To suppress or to explore? Emotional strategy may influence anxiety | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
When trouble approaches, what do you do? Run for the hills? Pretend it isn't there? Hide? Or do you focus on the promise of rain in those looming dark clouds?

 

"The study revealed that those who engage in an emotional regulation strategy called reappraisal tended to also have less social anxiety and less anxiety in general than those who avoid expressing their feelings."

Douglas Eby's insight:

Dr. Cheryl Arutt refers to her TEDx video – “That Good Feeling of Control” and notes the title comes from TV host Fred Rogers who wanted to teach kids how to deal with the “mad” they felt inside, and be able to decide what to do with these kinds of strong feelings, and that what he was talking about was self-regulation and affect regulation that can help us as adults, too. -- From post: Cheryl Arutt on Mental Health and Creative People

http://talentdevelop.com/6369/cheryl-arutt-on-mental-health-and-creative-people/

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