Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

MAE - Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies




Denis Malis


This critical literature review investigates the potential connection of creative intellect with individuals suffering from symptomology associated with Bipolar Affective Disorder and related disorders (formerly known as manic-depressive disorder or affective psychosis described in the 19th century). The definition of creativity is encompassed and the manifestation of the diagnostic aspects in bipolar psychopathology is evaluated in this literature review. The cathartic benefits of art therapy (AT) are examined and processed amongst those diagnosed with this mental health disability of BAD. This review addresses the characteristics of mood disorders having comparative artistic attributes that are also seen in an artist’s innovative psyche. AT is considered for utilizing therapeutic techniques for those trying to manage their bipolar diagnosis. Creative self-expression is ideal for this population due to the fact it supports their diagnosis’s innate feature of artistic ability.

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