1. There is a tendency to romanticize bipolar disorders as many artists, musicians, and writers have suffered from its mood swings.What symptoms or physiological effects of bipolar disorder might facilitate creativity? For example:in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, there appears to be lower activation among depressed individuals yet higher activation when the individual is manic.This area plays an inhibitory role in emotions and emotional memories.While damage to the area interferes with the extinction of conditioned emotional responses (pg. 404-405). How might this affect the expressed works of a gifted writer, or a painter, or a composer, or other artisan who has experienced a past trauma or a significant loss or tragedy? How would a manic state affect social inhibitions that have been learned? 2. Here isa link to an interesting Scientific American article onCreativity, Madness and Drugs. Read over the information and then consider and reflect on the following: If you found that you had impressively creative skills, but this ability only was present in the context of madness which would you choose: madness or sanity? Why? Refrences: Creativity, Madness and Drugs Scientific American Blog Network
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