Study finds a link between mood and the experience of creativity in those with bipolar disorder

first_imgThe different mood swings associated with bipolar disorder are associated with different levels of self-reported creativity, according to a new study published in Psychiatry Research.An estimated 5.7 million Americans have bipolar disorder, a serious mental illness characterized by recurrent periods of mania and depression. Manic episodes typically include hyperactivity, euphoria and insomnia.“Although some studies have looked at objective measures of creativity in bipolar disorder, we also thought it would be useful to understand how people diagnosed with bipolar disorder understand their own creativity and how this may be related to their mood,” said study author Tania Perich, a lecturer at Western Sydney University. Share on Facebook LinkedIn The researchers surveyed 397 individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder regarding their recent symptoms and their perceptions about their own level of creativity.Those reporting symptoms of depression tended to report feeling significantly less creative. But participants who reported mania symptoms did not view themselves as more creative than those who did not report any symptoms.“There is a relationship between mood and the experience of creativity for people living with bipolar disorder. When depressed, people experience lower perceived creativity,” Perich said.Some of the findings run contrary to previous research, which had found a relationship between mania and creativity. But the disparity could be the result of measuring creativity in different ways.The creativity measure in the new study asked participants to rate their creativity in a variety of specific domains, such as acting, crafts, dancing, money management, solving personal problems, and writing. The previous study, on the other hand, used a more general measure of creative achievement.“Further research is needed to better understand how creativity may help in living with bipolar disorder and how it may assist in improving well-being,” Perich said.The study, “Depression, mania and self-reported creativity in bipolar disorder“, was authored by Natalie Miller, Tania Perich, and Tanya Meade. Emailcenter_img Pinterest Share Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Super lift for Kalmar

first_imgThe new DRG-1000-92 ZXS reachstacker range is the world’s largest industrial reachstacker in Kalmar’s Gloria range, claimed the company.The new design has been developed to meet customer specifications, with lift capabilities of up to 120 tonnes depending on application.Kalmar says that the innovative boom design with rotation, and the wide range of attachment options, means that these machines can be adapted for a huge variety of applications, including steel handling, wind turbine construction, and other demanding heavy lifting tasks.  www.kalmarglobal.comlast_img read more

New Under-23s and Under-18s announced

first_imgTen of the 11-strong cohort have come through the Robins ranks to sign their first professional contracts and will be joined by goalkeeper Harvey Wiles-Richards, who trained with City last season after coming through Bath City’s college programme.They will join Louis Britton (pictured), Vince Harper, Zac Smith, Lochlan Robertson and Bradley Webb, who have all earned new one-year contracts, Owura Edwards after he was given a new two-year deal, while Tom Harrison has been awarded a six-month contract after recovering from a foot injury.The Under-23s will return to training this week along with 11 new Under-18s 1st Year scholars, who have all come up through City’s Under-16 ranks.Bristol City Academy Manager Gary Probert said: “Congratulation to all these young men who have all shown great application and diligence to earn their contracts and scholarships and we are looking forward to supporting these players in the next stage of their development.”New Under-23s: Samuel Bell, William Buse, Tommy Conway, Joseph Low, Joshua Owers, Samuel Pearson, Callum Pearson, Harvey Wiles-Richards, Barnaby Soady, James Taylor, Ryley Towler.New Under-18 1st Year Scholars: Zak Bell, Omar Taylor Clarke, Seb Palmer Houlden, Harry Leeson, Dylan Kadji, Dylan Lewis, Matt Morris, Rohan Nelson, Will Sage, Luca Smith, James Walker.last_img read more