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While poor impulse control, such as especially pathological gambling, is well recognized in the literature, creativity remains underestimated, probably because it is an often-appreciated event and as such not likely to create distress, either in patients or their families. In a recent study, researchers evaluated about 20 subjects with Parkinson’s disease who exhibited greater artistic creativity after dopaminergic treatment than before. Among the artistic activities found in first place is painting, but also the development of poetic skills(Schrag and Trimble 2001; Walker et al, 2006).

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Source: Garcia-Ruiz PJ, Martinez Castrillo JC, Desojo LV. Creativity related to dopaminergic treatment: A multicenter study. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2019 Feb 22. pii: S1353-8020(19)30056-2.

Bibliography

Chatterjee A, Hamilton RH, Amorapanth PX: Art produced by a patient with Parkinson’s disease. Behav Neurol 2006;17:105-108

Schrag A, Trimble M: Poetic talent unmasked by treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Mov Disord 2001;16:1175-1176

Walker RH, Warwick R, Cercy SP: Augmentation of artistic productivity in Parkinson’s disease. Mov Disord 2006;21:285-286.

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