Hope & Harmony Headlines: Give Creativity the Green Light


August 30, 2018   •   Volume 11, Issue 35
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While the investigation continues into the relationship between bipolar and creativity—involving a niggly chicken-or-the-egg volley—there is little doubt of a link on some level.

And that link has been the subject of discussion for decades, if not centuries. In 2010, English and Swedish researchers who screened 700,000 Swedish teens for intelligence discovered that those who were exceedingly creative were also four times more likely to have bipolar.

The association, in addition to a potential genetic affiliation, likely has to do with the tendency for steady shifts in mood.

“During periods of mild depression people with bipolar disorder and creative people may be able to retreat inside themselves, introspect, put thoughts and feelings into perspective, eliminate irrelevant ideas, and focus on the bare essentials,” says Neel Burton, MD. “Then during periods of mild elation they may be able to gather the vision, confidence, and stamina for creative expression and realization.”

Hooray for the bright side, right?

It’s no wonder so many well-known actors, artists, musicians and writers have been known to have a mood disorder—with bipolar being the most common.

So see where your inspiration takes you, and try to not let unsubstantiated doubts creep in.

American clinical psychologist and author Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, known for her writings about how mania, depression and creativity connect, corroborates the idea that imaginative ideas aren’t threatened by medication.

In fact, she says, artists and writers generally say they’re more productive and creative when taking medication, “especially when they are working with a doctor who is open to trying to keep the dose as low as possible without taking undue risks.”  Read more >>

Brain Region Can Spur Innovation

Philadelphia, October 24, 2017—Stimulating a certain area of the brain, called the posterior cingulate cortex, can help lead to behavior changes.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Columbia University and Duke University have found that neurons in this central location ramp up firing rates, peaking just before a divergent behavior occurs.

These findings have potential applications in terms of innovation and exploration.

“People who have more activity there have more mind-wandering, and they tend to be more creative,” according to Michael Platt, one of the researchers at Penn. Read more >>

Achieving Goals with the Help of My Puppy 

Don’t let bipolar stop you from living your life. With a little planning, effort, and support you can achieve more—and you can learn this from a pet puppy!

By Gabe Howard

I am not an animal person. I am not a dog person. I never wanted to have a pet. But my wife, ever since we got married, has been working on me to get a dog or a cat or a goat, and I knew that I was going to have to give in eventually. Because it is her house too, and I want her to be happy, and compromise is part of marriage.

So I decided to tackle this problem by doing a lot of research. First off, I have bipolar – I am very organized, I am very regimented, I am very set in my ways, and I knew that a dog was going to present challenges, because puppies are not known for being clean and organized and regimented Don’t let bipolar stop you from living your life. With a little planning, effort, and support you can achieve more—and you can learn this from a pet puppy! Watch Gabe’s Video >>

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