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DID YOU KNOW that writing poetry can beat tranquillisers

A study conducted at the Bristol Royal Infirmary found that writing poetry can help  with the emotional pain of bereavement and assist some to stop taking anti-depressants or tranquillisers. Of the 200 people who took part in the study, 56% said that writing poetry reduced anxiety. Other forms of creative writing, were thought to produce the same effect.

Source: an article by Sally Balfe published Oct 1998 issue 33 of Stress

 

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2 comments on “DID YOU KNOW that writing poetry can beat tranquillisers

  1. creativityorcrazy
    November 30, 2012

    Thanks. This is very interesting. Guess it’s good I write as an outlet more often when my life is in various states of chaos.

  2. bridget whelan
    November 30, 2012

    It’s official creative writing is good for you…and sometimes only a poem can make sense out of chaos. There must have been other studies carried out over the years – this one is quite old – but I would be surprised if they contradicted the findings at Bristol.

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