Creativity depression

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Creativity depression is defined as a decrease in both a person's motivation and capabilities when performing tasks that involve producing artistic output or novel problem-solving.[1] This effect may be particularly frustrating to deal with for artists of any sort as it will induce a temporary creative block.

Although creative subjects paradoxically more often have a history of depression than the average, their creative work is not done during their depressions, but in rebound periods of increased energy between depressions.[1][2]

Creativity suppression is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as depression,[3] anxiety, and emotion suppression in a manner which further decreases the person's creative abilities.[1] It is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of antipsychotics.[1][4][5] However, it can also occur due to SSRI's[6] and during the withdrawal symptoms of any dopaminergic compound.[5]

Psychoactive substances

Compounds within our psychoactive substance index which may cause this effect include:

Experience reports

Annectdotal reports which describe this effect with our experience index include:

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Flaherty, Alice W. (2005). "Frontotemporal and dopaminergic control of idea generation and creative drive". The Journal of Comparative Neurology. 493 (1): 147–153. doi:10.1002/cne.20768. ISSN 0021-9967. 
  2. Jamison, K. R. (1989). Mood disorders and patterns of creativity in British writers and artists. Psychiatry, 52(2), 125-134.
  3. von Hecker, Ulrich; Meiser, Thorsten (2005). "Defocused Attention in Depressed Mood: Evidence From Source Monitoring". Emotion. 5 (4): 456–463. doi:10.1037/1528-3542.5.4.456. ISSN 1931-1516. 
  4. Moncrieff, J.; Cohen, D.; Mason, J. P. (2009). "The subjective experience of taking antipsychotic medication: a content analysis of Internet data". Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 120 (2): 102–111. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.2009.01356.x. ISSN 0001-690X. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Szmulewicz, Alejandro; Samamé, Cecilia; Caravotta, Pablo; Martino, Diego J.; Igoa, Ana; Hidalgo-Mazzei, Diego; Colom, Francesc; Strejilevich, Sergio A. (2016). "Behavioral and emotional adverse events of drugs frequently used in the treatment of bipolar disorders: clinical and theoretical implications". International Journal of Bipolar Disorders. 4 (1). doi:10.1186/s40345-016-0047-3. ISSN 2194-7511. 
  6. Bolling, Madelon Y.; Kohlenberg, Robert J. (2004). "Reasons for Quitting Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Therapy: Paradoxical Psychological Side Effects and Patient Satisfaction". Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 73 (6): 380–385. doi:10.1159/000080392. ISSN 0033-3190.