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    Depression is not something that is positively spoken of. I can't help but wonder though, does it improve creativity? I remember when I was depressed a few years ago. Combined with that teenage stage we all went through, I managed to write some amazing poems and small passages. If I tried to do the same today I couldn't quite tap into it, not even 40% of that. I have also seen art drawn by people suffering from chronic depression. It is surreal. What do you think?
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    (Original post by shameful_burrito)
    Depression is not something that is positively spoken of. I can't help but wonder though, does it improve creativity? I remember when I was depressed a few years ago. Combined with that teenage stage we all went through, I managed to write some amazing poems and small passages. If I tried to do the same today I couldn't quite tap into it, not even 40% of that. I have also seen art drawn by people suffering from chronic depression. It is surreal. What do you think?
    :beard: I'd not say "improve" but possibly it increases it temporarily?
    I went through a rough depressive episode and can say that I was very into poetry for some reason. Before this I had always hated it so much! Wouldn't even read a poem unless it was for GCSE. But I really got into writing poems
    That's my 50p on the matter anywho

    Should this be in educational debate though? :hmmm:
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    (Original post by CheeseIsVeg)
    :beard: I'd not say "improve" but possibly it increases it temporarily?
    I went through a rough depressive episode and can say that I was very into poetry for some reason. Before this I had always hated it so much! Wouldn't even read a poem unless it was for GCSE. But I really got into writing poems
    Thats my 50p on the matter anywho

    Should this be in educational debate though? :hmmm:
    I see... and I think so, idk where else it would belong😂
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    Not in my case. When I'm in a good mood I wanna do stuff like make music, get some writing done and I can get my flow going and all that stuff and I enjoy what I'm doing which in turn means more creativity through an open and eager mind. When I'm going through a bout of depression I just can't be arsed with it all, literally can't muster up the motivation to do it and can't concentrate on it.
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    I think it depends on the individual. For me depression is more lie in bed staring at the ceiling with the most creative thing I do being how many empty bottles of vodka I can stack on top of my overflowing trashcan before they topple.
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    Creative subjects made me depressed
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    (Original post by shameful_burrito)
    I see... and I think so, idk where else it would belong😂

    I was thinking possibly mental health? :beard:

    (Original post by WoodyMKC)
    Not in my case. When I'm in a good mood I wanna do stuff like make music, get some writing done and I can get my flow going and all that stuff and I enjoy what I'm doing which in turn means more creativity through an open and eager mind. When I'm going through a bout of depression I just can't be arsed with it all, literally can't muster up the motivation to do it and can't concentrate on it.
    Everyone is different :hugs: Hope you are doing ok Woody
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    I think it depends on the individual. For me depression is more lie in bed staring at the ceiling with the most creative thing I do being how many empty bottles of vodka I can stack on top of my overflowing trashcan before they topple.
    :penguinhug:
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    Creative subjects made me depressed
    Biology is the one for me
    honestly my GCSE experience was more traumatic xD
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    (Original post by CheeseIsVeg)

    Biology is the one for me
    honestly my GCSE experience was more traumatic xD
    Loved biology apart from the biodiversity crap
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    Everyone is different :hugs: Hope you are doing ok Woody
    That's it really Yeah, I'm doing good ta Hope you're well
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    I think it can be a source of inspiration, but I also have days when it takes a lot of effort to just hold conversation because I'm so mentally drained. When I feel good mentally, I'm a lot more productive and level-headed. It might take more effort to get in touch with intense emotions in order to make creative stuff, but after that being creative is a lot more organised and for-filling. It's easier to persist when I hit a wall and the end result is often more well-rounded.

    I think mental illness can enhance creativity sometimes, but it's not really worth it.
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    For me it has occasionally been a source of inspiration but in general it actually stifles my creativity.
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    (Original post by WoodyMKC)
    Not in my case. When I'm in a good mood I wanna do stuff like make music, get some writing done and I can get my flow going and all that stuff and I enjoy what I'm doing which in turn means more creativity through an open and eager mind. When I'm going through a bout of depression I just can't be arsed with it all, literally can't muster up the motivation to do it and can't concentrate on it.
    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    I think it depends on the individual. For me depression is more lie in bed staring at the ceiling with the most creative thing I do being how many empty bottles of vodka I can stack on top of my overflowing trashcan before they topple.
    Yeah, goes to show depression can have a different impact on every person.
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    Creative subjects made me depressed
    Modern studies made me depressed😕😂
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    (Original post by crocodile_ears)
    I think it can be a source of inspiration, but I also have days when it takes a lot of effort to just hold conversation because I'm so mentally drained. When I feel good mentally, I'm a lot more productive and level-headed. It might take more effort to get in touch with intense emotions in order to make creative stuff, but after that being creative is a lot more organised and for-filling. It's easier to persist when I hit a wall and the end result is often more well-rounded.

    I think mental illness can enhance creativity sometimes, but it's not really worth it.
    I don't think anyone is planning to use mental ilnes for creativity haha. But when you get into that mood it just happens sometimes, magic occurs.
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    (Original post by CheeseIsVeg)

    I was thinking possibly mental health? :beard:
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    Not in my experience, it did the opposite.
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    (Original post by shameful_burrito)
    I don't think anyone is planning to use mental ilnes for creativity haha. But when you get into that mood it just happens sometimes, magic occurs.
    I meant that your own feelings can inspire you, but I get what you mean You definitely can make some good stuff while in that mood though, idk what it is but sometimes stuff just happens. It's not worthy staying depressed for, but I guess you could say it's a positive side. Like even though I hate dealing with my mental health stuff, it's made me more empathetic and sensitive. If I could, I don't think I would choose to go back and change my experiences because of that.
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    (Original post by shameful_burrito)
    Depression is not something that is positively spoken of. I can't help but wonder though, does it improve creativity? I remember when I was depressed a few years ago. Combined with that teenage stage we all went through, I managed to write some amazing poems and small passages. If I tried to do the same today I couldn't quite tap into it, not even 40% of that. I have also seen art drawn by people suffering from chronic depression. It is surreal. What do you think?
    Churchill did a lot of rather good watercolours when he had his "black dog", or built his garden wall.

    I'm not sure depression "improves" creativity, but being creative can certainly be therapeutic when you are "low".

    On the other hand the "manic" phase of bipolar individuals does seem to improve creativity. Van Gogh being the prime example.
 
 
 
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