Bipolar and Creativity

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   Posted 1/28/2007 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
One of the fun things that I miss about manic states is the burst of creative energy and ideas that you have when you are tripping to squirell city.

Is anyone here an artist? A musician? A comedian? I've read that Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin and Scott Joplin were all affected by depression/bipolar.

That creative energy always seems to fade, and then mania escalates to the point where you seriously damage some relationships and bank accounts.


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   Posted 1/29/2007 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   

I really enjoy painting and drawing , clay moddeling , glass painting - I used to do a lot but I slowed that right down when my daughter was born , I still tend to draw things when I shouldn't be.....on the shopping list etc... I even drew a comical face in permenant marker on a banana for my daughter to put in her lunch box.

I used to write poems and songs and draw pictures to go with them.

I have a love of music but I can't play or sing. Sometimes when I have mania I have songs going round in my head - sometimes two or more "playing" at the same time , I can change the songs but I can't rid my head of music. I enjoy creative cooking , gardening and growing veg too.

When I was young.......probably seven or eight....I used to fashion clothes out of tissue paper for toys. I was very pleased with myself too , when I thought I had come to the conclusion that I had answered the chicken/egg conundrum!
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   Posted 1/29/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
They call it hypomania... you get high and creative and all the good stuff, but don;t crash and burn into deep end.
I have been there before, did a lot of amazing things.... and then looking back thinking <darn did u just do all that:
its funny to live with such feelings of unpredictabiliyt and pace.

olivia of course
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   Posted 1/29/2007 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I like painting, drawing ect.  Heck, I am going to school for Art right now.  Yes, I get the energy and the juices start flowing.  All my ideas seem great, and sometimes they are great.  Then they start getting bizarre and nothing makes sense anymore.  At least that is how it always seems to end for me.


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   Posted 1/30/2007 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I love to write however I'm only able to write when I'm having up days. I really get mad with my down days when I have so many ideas I want to write about.

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   Posted 2/2/2007 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a trained artist (BFA), a writer, a musician...everything I do tends to be infused with creativity. I don't relate this to the bipolar, however. I don't find inspiration in hypomania per se. I am very disciplined and I work no matter how I am feeling, though it is difficult to function at all during a lupus flare.

I learned to create whether I was "inspired" to do so or not, hence the discipline. I work no matter how I feel at my job too. It is a function of going to art school and having that demand placed on me when I was young enough that it stuck. With the art, in particular, as I have studied it so extensively, it is a technical feat rather than one of inspiration, if that makes any sense. It is a skill, not a talent. Yes, I have a great deal of natural creative ability, but it would be nothing without proper training and hard work. I am 46 and I have been involved in creative pursuits my entire life and I don't think much of it. It is just something I do because my soul demands it. My soul doesn't listen to my health or my emotions, so I am free of them creatively.

My mother was always one to equate my natural creative flow with mental illness. Creativity is NOT an excuse for bad behavior, if indeed my behavior was so very bad. ( I refute that it was. My mom and I are very different people and she has no understanding of me. I think she is jealous of the creativity.)

I'll say this and try not to sound too self-inflated. I am not only creatively gifted, but also intellectually gifted (by IQ score). The two don't balance well together I have found. I am intellectual to the point of being reality grounded and most creative people see me as too grounded to have any "talent" (not something I believe in anyway). Most intellectual people find me too etherial to be as smart as they are. I am a poor fit for the world and because I was overly gifted (thank you, God, I think) I don't think much of anything I do in any regard...I just do it.

It is thought that a number of gifted people in history have had bipolar disorder, but as the diagnosis didn't exist in that time, it would be hard to say. As I eluded to above, being creative is not an excuse for bad behavior. I think it has long been assumed that the truly gifted are mentally ill and that the mentally ill are probably gifted. This is not true on either score. Though, even in the 21st Century, many people think they are connected.
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   Posted 2/3/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I play guitar, cello, and violin. My dad is also an undiagnosed patient and majored in Art. I paint, draw, and I am also in 4 different choirs. I also horseback ride lol, and yes I consider horseback writing an art.

They call BP the brilliant's disorder. HECK YES they are right =)
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