"Some researchers argue that there is a significant relationship between creativity and bipolar condition. Although the reasons are yet to be proven, most artists are manic depressive."
Is anyone else here creative or artistic?
I just read this an downwithdepression.net. I don't know if it is a very accurate source, but I thought it was interesting. I have been artistic since forever and I am constantly making stuff. My friends thought I was strange because I would rather stay at home and paint or make a quilt than go out and party in high school. I was diagnosed with bi-polar last Tuesday. I am researching stuff like crazy and trying to decide if my diagnosis was accurate. I do all sorts of arts and crafts including painting, drawing, sewing, jewelry making, engraving, stained glass, fused glass, ceramics, doll making, fimo clay, and who knows what else. I have bought tools and equipment to do everything but ceramics. I have done all this and I am 22 years old. I went to school and became a certified bench jeweler, and a darn good one, but I have had two jobs as a repair jeweler and I got so stressed out at both of them that I quit, even though the environment was great and my bosses loved me. College education down the drain? I usually do one thing for a while and then get bored and want to learn something new. I am trying to not let myself buy an airbrush or a titanium anodizer. I have spent so much time and money on all this that it ends up feeling like more of a burden than a joy, but I just want to do everything!
I always thought I was just creative, but I think this flip-flopping on what I want to do is one reason why the doc thinks I am bi-polar.
Another thing I think is interesting is the doc put me on lamictal, which is also used to treat epilepsy. My mom is epileptic, and has struggled with anxiety and depression. Is there a connection between epilepsy and bi-polar??
OK, I'll quit rambling, sorry. Writing in this forum is helping me sort all this out. Everyone is so helpful and concerned. I have gotten some wonderfl advice.