Those of us who are creative types may, sadly, already be aware of this – and therefore it is not much of a mystery to us! The good news is that with increased scientific understanding may come better treatments, but let’s hope that whatever treatments are discovered treat the illness without damaging the genius that often comes along with it…




Creativity ‘closely entwined with mental illness’

By Michelle Roberts

Health editor, BBC News online



“Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, according to a study of more than a million people.


Writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse, the Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute found.


They were almost twice as likely as the general population to kill themselves.


The dancers and photographers were also more likely to have bipolar disorder…”


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