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Mental health and creativity

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


  1. Book: Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation, by R. Keith Sawyer
  2. See HuffPost video related to above story, plus related links, in this post: Certain mental disorders are linked to creative genius 
  3. Continued in this "Pain and suffering..." post: But a number of artists say that is a wrong idea. In his appearance as a guest on a TV show [The Ellen Show], Colin Farrell said he is finding that he is more creative being sober and happy. “I was terrified that whatever my capacity was as an actor would disappear when I got sober,” he admitted. “I ascribed to the notion that to express yourself as an artist, you have to live in perpetual pain. And that’s nonsense.”
  4. Also see the site Anxiety Relief Solutions - Products and self help programs to relieve stress and anxiety
  5. The Mad Hatter [played by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's version of Alice In Wonderland]: “Have I gone mad?”

    Alice Kingsley [Mia Wasikowska; she checks Hatter's temperature]: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
    Photo from "Alice In Wonderland" - from my post Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?