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tasteslikemedicine

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I make music :) I really wish I could share it because I'm really proud of it and think it's unique but I don't think there's a way I can without sharing personal info. I usually make music during depressive episodes funny enough, but you might not even be able to tell. My friend described my music as "happy but haunting"

When I am manic or stable I don't feel a need to make music as much but perform it. So, I create when depressed, and then perform the creations when I'm not lol
 
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EvenEve

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I paint. I have even sold a few. I'm either really into it. Or dont touch it for 6 months.
 
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I love seeing how creative other people can be! Its exciting to see!

I tattoo, working on getting my tattoo license. I apprentice and tattoo myself frequently.
 

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BipolarCoder

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I'm a computer programmer. While sometimes I spin my wheels starting projects and not finishing them, I often write quite nice and useful and elegant software. Sometimes I just dig into fixing bugs in open-source free software. In the part of my career where I was programming, peers and bosses were happy with my productivity. I think they were impressed by the times where I was hypomanically producing at 400%, and when I fell into 20% productivity either they didn't notice or it was possible for me to cover for a while and/or plod my way through.

Fortunately I get quite 'up triggered' by challenges and learning, so when I get bored, I can often seek out a new and different interesting project to get me back to doing something useful. Some would call it procrastination, I call it using what I've got.

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I very much like to play improv piano. It's a pleasant sort of self-therapy. I can enjoy sitting and playing random improv music for 30-90 minutes, or even longer. When I was stressed in college I used to seek out a practice room in the music department and hold up and improv play for an hour or two.

Sometimes my themes are a bit too repetitive, and my left-hand base line variations are too limited. I try to challenge myself to break them and vary more. Because my random improv sessions involve lots of repetition and experimentation and mistakes, they can sometimes be grating for my family to listen to when I'm playing on a live piano (as opposed to with headphones). However, when I put in some effort to 'perform' an improv theme variation i've explored before, I can make fewer mistakes, and friends often compliment me. My kids like to hear me play. My wife says most of my music is too sad for her, and I get it... sometimes I notice echos of somber riffs that sound like the old-boy soundtrack or westworld opening theme. Lately I'm making an effort to create some brighter themes.

That said, my playing isn't "composed" or made to be listened to... it's just what happens when I sit down at a piano and push the keys. One phrase leads to the next and the next and the music goes where it goes.

I've always wanted produce an album of more organized and produced songs, but I've never found the motivation or method. Just in the last two years I have started to record my sessions to capture the ideas, so one day I might. And to send them to my mother, because she always talked about enjoying when i played as a child.

This morning I skimmed through ~60 improv session recordings, titled some of them, and picked out these that have more structure, either because they are elements i've played with before, or because I just was particularly inspired in that session. There are still stumbles and abrupt transitions, as this is improved on the spot.
 
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..okay.. the edited out the links to my songs, which makes a bunch of the text in that message irrelevant, but i can't edit or delete the message. bizarre.
 
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There's so many amazingly talented people here :)

My current creative passion is building a miniature subway station. Another project I'll probably never finish, but at least it scratches my creative itch at the moment.
 
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Gabzgrl89

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I have started the project of taking apart antique books that are damaged; and putting them into a collage/junk journal. I have wanted to start painting again too and I write poetry and stories.
 
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I think the bipolar meds I'm taking have taken away most of my creativity. I used to draw and do watercolors, but have not done those for a few years now. No motivation. But I'm learning a new song on my guitar, and it's very therapeutic. For a few days I did some intensive research into moving to Mexico, but decided that was a dumb idea. I'd be 80 years old by the time I got there, and my Spanish is very poor. No can do. I'm 78 now. The president of Mexico is cozying up to Trump, and Trump and his fascist cronies are the reason I'm scared and want to move out of the country. The Mexican people are very upset with their president for his photo-op and meetings with Trump, because of what Trump has said about Mexicans, that they are rapists. But I've tried escaping twice before, and both times I came back to the USA because my destinations didn't work out the way I thought they would. The song I'm working on is a tragic song, and the last line goes "Say Goodbye to everyone, Goodbye to everyone." It's a substitute for moving away. It's a very, very sad song and I love working on it.
 
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Gabzgrl89 Taking parts of antique books and putting them in a collage/junk journal. Wow you are really clever to even think of that idea. Hope you start painting soon. I write poems too.
 
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im writing a book about the stars and constilations it helps you wonder and belief in possitivity . with my shcizoprenia i doubt what positive i have
 
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… HERES AN EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK FRIENDS HOPE IT Excites YOU TO HOPE……talking to unkel ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………saving seline………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Our society is not propelled to guess but live in Prosperisty our jobs as humans is to live and l understood unk theodis said lol lol…….. Im im walking up the hill of prospera to the tall house theodis thought he was strong but twenty steps into it his armer clang with sweat and l…….. He had too loose hi…….his weapons and thank for cunning ness…… thought and perception of whats real is what heed need he had to take heed to his elder and his self with personoofication ……...a bird swung by gliding circle not not a caged bird but definition of living life ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Life skills and truth IM hip.
Climbing the mountain his body tensed to as he walked and talked to c…………………………….himself and focusing his body the bird because began bloop caw aww swweaa like telling theodis he would succeed with destination , the journey would amount to him overcoming the tall house cog and the shining light that perseverance in hope became regular to him knowing anything is possible . about………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Amile to a ………………………………………………………….. He looked back thinking about his uncle and knew something in heart said peace is the best way des…………………………….destro,,,,,,,....................relinkinquising hies weapons…………………………………………………………………………………………..but not his inner armor knowing now that it would talke more than a spirits knowing heart and release ambivalence 11111111111111111thhis upper is while walking up the hill lol GET IN TI INTP INTO THE TOWER… eight parables that make true seven obstacles
 
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Williebillie, that's great that you are writing a book. There are ways to get Kindle books published on your own, but I don't know how it's done. I have not been on this thread much -- so many wonderfully talented and interesting people here!
 
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Williebillie

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yeah is good to read nice people . im just trying things now. thanks for that
 
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