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Creativity and Bipolar Disorder

Thomas E. Wright
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 12 Number 3: Page 89 (September 1997)

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Abstract: For some time now our society has had the notion that creativity and the creative personality may be associated with somewhat eccentric or odd psychological characteristics. In recent years, as this field is more systematically studied, we have been able to see a more clear relationship between the creative personality and more clear and defined psychological conditions such as bipolar disorder as well as substance abuse. This paper looks at this relationship, especially as it may apply to pediatric populations and those youths whose creativity may lie in the musical realm. We first try to operationalize the concepts of bipolar disorder and creativity, next we look at the modern studies that have been done in regard to this special population, and finally we look at some of the implications and foci for future research.

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