2 thoughts on “Embracing Even The Pain of the Creative Process – Part 2

  • October 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    As a former artist, I am surprised that nobody mentioned the importance of medication side effect in the creative process. It is denied by many a psychiatrist, but it is confirmed by many group members: creativity goes bye-bye after decades of lithium and other meds intake. Of course, we can always make flower arrangements, etc. That’s not what was referring to. No more zeal, zest, enthusiasm, original thoughts. It’s like a rooster making an effort to lay an egg. grrr

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    • October 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Psychiatric misdiagnosis and consequent unnecessary or even destructive medication for “troubling” symptoms is an issue that impacts many gifted and talented people. – From article Gifted, talented and pathologized: Mood Disorders, Misdiagnosis and Medication.

      Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, specializing in trauma recovery, fertility and creative artist issues. She points out that certain forms of psychotherapy and techniques such as EMDR can be very effective in helping creative people get past the emotional pains which interfere with their creativity.

      She notes that sometimes medication can be helpful for disruptive symptoms when prescribed by a medication specialist, a knowledgeable psychiatrist or psychopharmacologist. Unfortunately, many people are prescribed psychiatric medications by their general physician who may not be informed or trained well enough about this class of medications, resulting in people getting drug treatment that interferes rather than helps them. – From article: Psychologist Cheryl Arutt on Mental Health and Creative People.

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