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Creativity : a curse or a blessing for people with bipolar disorder : a systematic literature review

Terbeck, C. (2022) Creativity : a curse or a blessing for people with bipolar disorder : a systematic literature review.

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Abstract:Background: Research on the relationship between bipolar disorder (BD) and creativity yield contradictory findings. On the one hand, a review of the year 2012 (Johnson et al., 2012) could not identify the nature of the relationship between BD and creativity, while Luken’s review (2018) demonstrated a linear positive association between creativity and BD. Other set of studies found an inverted-U relationship between BD and creativity, however. This disparity in findings is due to problems and errors in sampling, methodology, and the presentation of results as well as conclusions. Therefore, the objective of this literature review was to systematically review the epidemiological evidence on the association between BD and creativity of the past 10 years and to identify the conditions and underlying mechanisms under which creativity and BD are correlated. Method: A systematic literature search in the electronic databases Web of Science, PubMed, and PsychInfo was executed. 338 titles were reviewed resulting in 17 articles for the final review that met the inclusion criteria for qualitative synthesis. Results: Overall, study results cautiously show that the link between creativity and BD follows an inverted-U relationship. Positive affect, extrinsic motivation, and ambition are possible factors affecting the relationship between creativity and BD, while dysfunctions in the dopaminergic systems and activity in the prefrontal cortex are biological mechanisms underpinning the relationship between creativity and BD. Conclusions: Despite methodological shortcomings, the review gives insights into the relationship between BD and creativity. Furthermore, the review identifies research gaps and offers suggestions for future research. For instance, the exact underlying mechanisms of the relationship are yet to be established, the causality issue needs to be investigated further and more longitudinal studies are required. Moreover, the review confirms the methodological problems and heterogeneity of the study designs, especially regarding the conceptualization of creativity.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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