About The Authors

CARRIE (GRACE CAROLINE) BARRON, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist/psychoanalyst on the clinical faculty of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons who also has a private practice in New York City. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, won several academic awards, and presented original works related to creativity and self-expression at national meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

ALTON BARRON, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is currently the President of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has been a surgeon for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera for more than a decade. Dr. Barron is a consultant for CBS and has appeared multiple times on the CBS Early Show. He has also written for The New York Times, has been listed annually since 2009 in The New York Times Magazine as one of the Super Docs, and has published extensively in multiple peer-reviewed journals and textbooks

In THE CREATIVITY CURE: A Do-It-Yourself Prescription for Happiness, husband-and-wife physicians Carrie and Alton Barron draw upon the latest psychological research, a combined forty years of medical practice, and personal experience to reveal that creative action is integral to easing depression and anxiety and to fueling long-term happiness and wellbeing.  The need to create – to produce something using our minds and hands – is fundamental.  It connects us to our inner selves and to our environment and offers the deep satisfaction of accomplishment.  But too often, in our technology driven, fast-paced society, we neglect this need. The Barrons show that creative processes facilitate insight and healing, connect our mental and physical selves, supply satisfaction and meaning and thereby yield life changing results.

The five steps of THE CREATIVITY CURE—Insight, Movement, Mind Rest, Using Your Own Two Hands, and Mind Shift—lead the way to a more meaningful, fulfilling life by simultaneously developing self-understanding and self-expression. With the Barrons’ detailed tools and strategies for cultivating creative outlets, overcoming unconscious fears and barriers to happiness, and linking internal thought to external action, readers will build the mindset and habits for happiness and positive change. They will experience—and learn how to sustain—the deep satisfaction that accompanies creating something by hand.

In addition to illustrative examples and personal stories of people using THE CREATIVITY CURE to transform their lives, the book includes commentary of creativity and well-being from clients and celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen and Lee Woodruff, though the Barron’s show that one need not be an artist or writer or musician – though you never know – to take creative action and capture the contentment and life you crave.  THE CREATIVITY CURE can be used by anyone, no experience necessary. This extraordinarily achievable plan will revolutionize the way we think about personal happiness and the connection between our creative selves and our true selves.  THE CREATIVITY CURE is proof that a happier life is within reach - literally at your fingertips.