Creativity and Mental Health, 12/2012

Credit: Huff Post
Credit: Huff Post

1.) "Creativity Tied To Mental Illnesses Like Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia in New Swedish Study" by LiveScience: Click here to read: "Last year, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet near Stockholm found that families with a history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia were more likely to produce artists and scientists. They built on this evidence in a new study, published this month in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, which covers a larger population sample and a wider scope of psychiatric diagnoses..." This confirms the pioneering research of Saybrook Creativity Studies Faculty Member Ruth Richards at Harvard University.

2.) "Bipolar and Creativity are Linked" by Claudia Sleggers: Click here to read: "Does some fine madness yield great artists, writers, and scientists? The evidence is growing for a significant link between bipolar disorder and creative temperament and achievement..."

3.) "The 'Sylvia Plath' Effect" by Deborah Smith Bailey: Click here to read: "Some studies have backed up this notion, suggesting that writers, artists and others are more likely to have a mental illness and that people with certain mental illnesses, such as depression and mood disorders, appear somewhat more likely to be creative. While some researchers have found that creative people are slightly more at-risk, others have found more grave connections, such as that they are 30 percent more likely to have bipolar disorder."

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