Creativity, emotional expression and antidepressants

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emmiesuz
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   Posted 1/5/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I am an actor and a dancer/choreographer. My whole life I have battled anxiety and ocd. It was never immobilizing, but certainly had a huge impact on my life. In the times in my life where things were going very well, stable, creatively fulfilled, these symptoms were faint. At times of uncertainty and change, they blow up. Now, I am 36, just bought a house with a longtime boyfriend and am delving into my career as an actor, which is incredibly difficult and uncertain. So, needless to say, my anxiety and ocd is high. But, over the past year, with all this change, depression has arrived. I was having big mood swings and times of just pure exhaustion and depression. I am in therapy, and have tried Zoloft and Lexipro. These drugs either numbed me, or gave me more manic mood swings. My therapist said she doesn't see any bi-polar in me, but maybe just some minor mood instability. I am so tired of being so excited on a Sunday night about getting all this great stuff done the next day, then Monday morning comes, and I have no structure and no motivation to do anything. I would love to try a different medication, but I am afraid that it will mess with my emotions so much that as an actor, I wont have the emotional range that I do now. That is a huge question. Are there any creative people out there that rely on their true emotions for work, and are on depression medication?

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   Posted 1/5/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I paint. But I seem to do more with creative projects when I am somewhat depressed. It just seems that when I am feeling good I do other things, and that I use my art as a form of expression. I know it is so much different than acting so I don't know if this will help you any.

I go through streaks with my art. Sometimes I just feel more creative than others, but it is hard to see that connection with my moods. I do think I work more when my mind needs the release.
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ShynSassy
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   Posted 1/6/2008 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Emmie

It took my doctor 4 tries to get the right med combo for me.
If you are afraid of trying new meds,then you could also think about a herbal therapy like St John's Wort..there are alot of different options out there.

Meds affect different people in different ways,so it is very hard to direct you to one that we think will work.

As it might not be the right thing for you.
Shy


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Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Lexapro,Zyban,Buspar,Clonazepam

Have been med free for 2 years now.

I will scream with you,Cry with you and hopefully laugh with you.


emmiesuz
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   Posted 1/6/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both for your replies. It always helps to know others are in the same boat!!!

ShynSassy
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   Posted 1/7/2008 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
You are very welcome. Keep us posted on how you are doing.
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Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia

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