Creativity suppression can be described as a decrease in both a person's motivation and capabilities when performing tasks that involve producing artistic output or creative problem-solving. This effect may be particularly frustrating to deal with for artists of any sort as it will induce a temporary creative block.
Creativity suppression is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as thought deceleration, emotion suppression, and analysis suppression in a manner which further decreases the person's creative abilities. It is most commonly induced under the influence of heavy dosages of depressant compounds, such as antipsychotics and GABAergic depressants. However, it can also occur during stimulant offsets and during the withdrawal symptoms of almost any compound.
Compounds within our psychoactive substance index which may cause this effect include:
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