Creativity and Parkinson’s

There has been a lot of talk about PWP who have discovered their creative side.   I found several studies on-line that addressed PD and Creativity.    According to a study published last year in the Annals of Neurology, People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who take dopaminergic medications show enhanced creativity.

Many people find that when doing something creative, their symptoms improve.  I had been doing calligraphy professionally for many years before I was diagnosed with PimagesD.  I found that my handwriting went from ok to bad to illegible in a short amount of time.  But when I put the Calligraphy pen in my hand, everything changed.  My calligraphy was no longer as beautiful as it was, but was still quite good, and my tremor disappeared the second the pen touched the paper.  Calligraphy for me is meditative and I find it is very calming, especially for my PD symptoms.

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(my calligraphy before I went on Sinimet)           (This is my handwriting when on meds)

Another way creativity shows up in PD is with newfound skills in creating art, writing, playing music, etc.  I never considered myself a writer before, but now I look forward to sitting down at the computer and just writing whatever comes to mind.  Writing this blog was a way to focus my newfound writing skills into something constructive.

Have any of you had similar experiences?  Are you one of those people who could not draw a stick figure before but now paints fabulous pieces of art?  The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation actually has a gallery to showcase artwork by PWP.

If you are moved to paint, draw, write, please share with me.  I would love to see what you are doing.