Creativity suppression

Creativity suppression is a decrease in both a person's motivation and capabilities when performing tasks that involve producing artistic output or novel problem-solving. [1] This effect may be particularly frustrating to deal with for artists of any sort as it will induce a temporary creative block. Although creative subjects paradoxically more often have a history of depression than the average, their creative work is not done during their depressions, but in rebound periods of increased energy between depressions. [1] [2] Creativity suppression is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as depression [3] , anxiety, and emotion suppression in a manner which further decreases the person's creative abilities. [1] It is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of antipsychotics [1] [4] [5] . However, it can also occur due to SSRI's [6] and during the withdrawal symptoms of almost any dopaminergic compound. [5]

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