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Cyclothymic music / creativity

Posted by Louise on September 1, 1999, at 18:08:51

In reply to Re: Hi Sean, posted by Sean on August 30, 1999, at 12:05:40

Creative when 'up' and not when down? Me too. I write songs complete with music and lyrics in about 15 minutes and inspiration frequently strikes when I'm (fortunately predominantly) up.
When I'm down I sort out the bills and balance my bank account and organise my life, but there's no creativity there.

A warning to anyone who enjoys their highs is that lithium can supress your creativity too - It did for me. If you can manage your mood without it, great.

I have found an effective way of avoiding depression which is to take a tranquiliser at night (I use chlorpromazine) if I'm up to the pooint of the bursting, creative mind preventing me from sleeping. This stops the high getting too high, and the low which usually balances out on the mood scale is then never bad at all, in fact I can keep myself going by activity. Even though this is hard work sometimes, I don't get so low I can't do it. If I can continue to manage my mood in this way, then I'm happy!

PS Talking of music, I went to the V99 UK music festival a week or so ago to see Manic Street Preachers, Suede, Supergrass, Beautiful South, Stereophonics, Mercury Rev, Travis etc. etc.

Then I was high!




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