Skip to comments.Creativity Linked to Mental Illness, Study Confirms
Posted on 10/17/2012 4:33:24 PM PDT by Paradox
Creative types are thought to be more likely to suffer from mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. A new large-scale study of the Swedish population helps confirm this link.
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...
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Mentally ill people are enormously creative. They are some of the best artists. Locked facilites have arts programs to help channel this gift in otherwise tragic souls.
Let their creativity serve. It’s okay. But keep them away from the public treasury.
i believe this...
I think I’m gonna paint a masterpiece, and then after dinner, slice off my ear.
I’ve always looked upon creativity as a blossoming of the associative capacity. Schizophrenia is the same phenomenon, taken to the point where the mind can no longer function.
Creativity (in the Artsy Fartsey venue) as witnessed by me is more pronounced in the Bi-Polar folks...
I have 2 friends (both Bi-Polar) that are so talented and creative... they pretty much have to be Artists because they can’t hold down a job ... when on their meds they are normal... off their meds not so much.
Both tell me the same thing that even though when on their meds they can function and interact in regular society they both prefer not taking their meds because they are on some kind of natural high and to them everyone else is blind and moving in slow motion (yeah but they are incoherent)... but they produce lots of Art... and it’s pretty good
House Rules ... They must be on their meds if they want to visit or attend functions, we all agree that there are far fewer flashing lights and handcuffs that way
We hear all the time how creative gays are.
My mom is manic depressive, but not very creative.
However, my daughter is extremely creative, and i worry about her with our family history. She’s into theater, singing and writing. She was an excellent flute player at 15, and was starting to win all sorts of awards.
Last year, she came down with musician’s and writer’s cramp (focal dystonia). It causes uncontrollable muscle movements and cramping.
It’s made worse by stress. The doctors have said she fits the mold for that disorder. High achiever and doesn’t have good body awareness so they just push their bodies through pain and don’t know when to stop.
It makes me wonder about mental illness. Maybe they don’t know when to stop. Maybe if you catch it early, you can prevent them from falling into psychosis.
That’s why those yoyo’s in hollywierd pull so much crap. They’re useful tools to the left.
Fair enough. Unless you entertain a 'truly needy' function of govt. assistance. The mentally ill are truly needy. They're living in Hell.
I’ve always believed that normal and genius cannot coexist....if you are one, you can’t be the other.
Good point. I don't know if that is the case, but it certainly makes sense.
It couldn't have anything to do with reefer bars and pot dens along with a few hash pubs sprinkled in could it ?
When a person pushes themselves along artistic or creative frontiers, the bipolar parts come out along with the creativity. It is the cost of being creative. If the same person did not drive themselves as hard in an artistic endeavor, their bipolar disorder symptoms would go away or be sharply reduced.
That said; think these studies are designed to create another 'victim' class; of children and adults; with 'special needs' - who need Government assistance; special 'therapies'; 'special parenting'; all designed/implemented by a caring Government.
(One that is in truth; a sick - mentally ill - Government; whereby this Government collective of Liberals; cannot come up with enough labels for the population it so, wants to control; nor enough 'ways/means' to achieve their goal.)
Would offer, as well; that any 'serious' left-wing Liberal is mentally ill. We know they suffer from a 'God-complex' - enabled by a psychotic-sized narcissism; which in turn; gives rise to their ultimately, hideous ideology and world view; along with their heinous MO's to recreate - and impose upon us - the world they see, in their sick 'mind's eye'. . .
I don’t believe any of this babble I’ve been an artist all my life and i’m none of these things they mention but i’m supposed to believe i’m sick because i’m a creative person how the hell did i become Conservative from birth if i’m so sick in the head ?
I do concede that some mentally ill people are very creative but i don’t think one thing has to do with the other but on the same hand some people who are not creative are very mentally disturbed actors can make you laugh and cry but that don’t make them creative someone else writes their script and they play act to get the feeeeelings into it your feeeeeling and theirs .
This is just another notch in the belt of government doctors and socialist engineering
Hmmm I think this might be one of those A/B things where artists are psychotic or is it that they become artists because they (we) can’t express ourselves verbally. Steven King scares me. I do not want to know his mind.
As for your daughter, stress seems to be a major factor. There are self help psych books on biofeedback which helps us control ourselves when we are stressed. Like the SEALS training. Controlling your breathing, heart rate, the whole shebang. Becoming aware of your body can be learned, like playing the flute. Yoga would be great. There is a 90 year old yoga teacher. Beautiful! Just an idea.