Learn CAMH Library: Creativity and Mental Health—For Carrie Fisher

Published on May 4th, 2017 | from CAMH Education

CAMH Library: Creativity and Mental Health—For Carrie Fisher

Editor’s note: “General Leia” meant a lot to me personally, and the real Carrie Fisher even more so. Her frank attitude and openness about her mental health made such an impact on so many people, I wanted to do something special in her honour this May the Fourth. I asked Sarah, our amazing research librarian, to see what she could muster. — AH

By Sarah Bonato, Reference/Research Librarian, CAMH Library

It’s May the Fourth—Happy Star Wars Day! In celebration of Carrie Fisher, see below for selected research on creativity and mental health.

Creativity and Bipolar Disorder: Touched by Fire or Burning with Questions?
From Clinical Psychology Review 2012 Feb;32(1):1-12.

Creativity and Mental Disorder: Family Study of 300,000 People with Severe Mental Disorder
From the British Journal of Psychiatry 2011 Nov;199(5):373-9

  • This article addresses the long-standing belief that creativity is coupled with psychopathology and investigates whether any such association is the result of environmental or genetic factors.
    Access at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21653945

Genetic Variation Links Creativity to Psychiatric Disorders
From Nature Neuroscience 2015 Jul;18(7):928-9

The Relationship Between Creativity and Mood Disorders
From Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience 2008;10(2):251-5.

  • This article addresses how clinicians who treat creative individuals with mood disorders must also confront a variety of challenges, including the fear that treatment may diminish creativity.
    Access at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18689294





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