Ryan H asked in HealthMental Health · 1 decade ago

do people do drugs to heighten creativity?

do you think it works or do they just think that it does?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    so you must be one of those anti drug people.the greatest entertainers and actors that you love are drug addicts how does that make you feel?

  • 1 decade ago

    I've never taken drugs, but I've got manic depression and my last few manic episodes have been accompanied with a burst of remarkable (and compulsive) creativity. Last time I wrote more than 50 poems and even a song and in my humble opinion many of them aren't half bad! I'm a good writer but rhyming poetry is normally beyond me. In mania, the brain is flooded with neurotransmitters and I imagine this is similar to the effect of taking certain drugs.

    There is a known link between creativity and mental illness. It's true that many gifted artists have used drugs and alcohol, but many have also been mentally ill, particularly with bipolar disorder. Sometimes, especially before the advent of modern pharmaceuticals, taking drugs was probably an attempt to self-medicate for the underlying mental illness. I do wonder if some people who don't have the gift of mental illness :-) do take drugs to enhance creativity. It's not a good idea, though. Sometimes taking drugs can trigger mental illness in a person who would've been OK otherwise (e.g. marijuana & schizophrenia).

    Source(s): Recommended reading Touched with Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • 1 decade ago

    They definately can...at first. When your senses are heightened and your inhibitions loosened, creativity can flow out of you like nobody's business. The problem comes when you use them too much, rationalizing that it's part of the creativity process. Then it gets to where you can't be creative without drugs - your personality becomes kind of split to where your interesting, imaginative self only comes out with drugs, while your sober self becomes increasingly dulled. After that comes the stage when you're dull even with drugs. Personal experience.

  • 1 decade ago

    I personally believe that it does not help at all, and people just say it does for an excuse to take drugs. They are just losers. Nobody has actually created anything but worthless crap when they were high. Drugs have shortened the lives of many great artists. Drugs had nothing to do with their creativity. They also end up whoring around for money, and end up losing everything.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, some people do. It depends what drugs you take. There are uppers and downers and all differnt other kinds but those are the main ones. A lot of people take uppers to ger creative juices flowing because they're stimulants and actually do highten the mood.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Absolutely, certain drugs do work that way at first, but then the user builds up a tolerance to the drug, ends up using more and more to be creative, the end result is a TWEEKER that can't determine where to start or when to stop and they make a mess of whatever they thought was creative.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some people do. Some of what is considered the best works of art, literature, and music was created by people who took drugs of one sort of another.

  • 1 decade ago

    I believe that they just think it does. You can be very creative without drugs in your system. Been there.

  • 1 decade ago

    i'm a very highly creative person, but i never do drugs. swearing it on my niece who passed away.

    people do does drugs are those with low self esteem and no self courage in anything. i should know, because i've seen it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    sure helps me. when i'm in a rut and take something, it's like the ideas keep on coming. whether i'm writing, painting, drawing, anything creativ, really. but it's a very bad habit.

  • 1 decade ago

    I used to think it did. Now I know it just makes anything look better. But you are going to have to look at it sober one day.

    I really get a buzz from being clean. I sure have better judgement.

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