How do your meds affect your creativity?

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Patty B.
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   Posted 10/27/2006 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope this is the kind of thing fits in with the direction of this forum--if not please delete.

I'd like to know from you creative types how your meds affect how and what you express. Of course whether it's neg or pos, ie maybe you found or lost found your art or perhaps found a new or different art.
I ask because my doc had once mentionned that meds could negatively affect (effect?) an artist's creativity (I guess be less productive? I didn't ask then. That's when I didn't want to here about a/p coz I hoped we'd eliminate anything else first).
Lets hear how you're doing.

I'm an aspiring comic strip/gag cartoonist and have just started on Paxil 20mg/day and have yet to notice any difference in creativity. I have slowed down in everything I do right now, mountains of laundry wait for me to. But my mind keeps writing and visualizing, it's not any clearer or any more difficult than before meds. I haven't really picked up a pencil yet except for drawing pumpkins for the kids but I hope to get back at it when I clean up my house.eyes
When I am in an attack mode of course I do nothing including draw and handling a pencil or pen is sometimes difficult just after an attack coz I'm often shaky and/or weak for a while later and don't concentrate so well--conversly if I have no shakiness issues I'll draw for post attack therapy.
No I'm not a brilliant artist but I do like to mix and match humor with staging and dialogue. I don't have a ton of stuff as I really just got going a year and a half ago but recently I have been drawing for a Volkswagen website.

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   Posted 10/28/2006 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I know for me, my pills kind of hinder my creativity and that bothers me.  However, I am a nighthawk and that is when I get creative.  If I am able to stay up late and have no doctor apts etc., I do so sometimes to 3 or 4am or until the creative spurt has been released.  But I do find that it is silenced somewhat by the drugs.

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   Posted 10/28/2006 2:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I never have found it to be a problem. If anything, it was the anxiety/depression that robbed me of some of my creativity. When I got on meds and started feeling better, I was back to being "me"! :)
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   Posted 10/28/2006 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Patty I too have NEVER had a problem with meds and creativity I think sometimes it is more helpful to a certain degree
Like when writing I am more calm and able to say what I really feel
I dont think you need worry
I am sure others will be along to post

BTW ......this is a topic that is pertinent to our illness and I believe a great thread
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   Posted 10/28/2006 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't have even thought about the effect of meds on creativity. Thanks for bringing this up. Good topic.

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Patty B.
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   Posted 11/10/2006 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Patty B.

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   Posted 11/10/2006 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Patty,

This is a very good topic. I too love to paint and do all kinds of crafts but it seemed like I started shaking and getting to confussed to do much anymore. It was like I lost all of my organational skills. After I got on my meds and I thout I was better but still shakey hubby bought me a air brush paint set and it helps a lot with the painting but I still get confussed and have to walk away at times.

Bless all you crafter's out there.


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   Posted 11/10/2006 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
My pills have brought me back to my creative side. If I don't drink alcohol, I tend to be very creative.

Today I think I'm going to go buy some canvases and some acrylic paints as I really want to get into painting again.

I write a lot now, in a journal, which I NEVER found myself interested in doing.

I really love the Lexapro I'm on as I do feel my creative side coming back to me.

I am even planning on starting to write a book. I know it's going to be based on my life, but I really don't know what about my life I want to write about. LOL

Maybe my Panic Disorder, and all the crap I've been through.

I dunno.

But yeah!! The meds don't hinder my creativity, seems to increase my creativity.

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   Posted 11/10/2006 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Love to draw..creativity hasn't been a problem in fact I use it as a distraction from anxiety..I can lose myself in my artwork - which is a bonus :)

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