Do writers have more mental illness?

Yes, according to a new study:

“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.”

Read the full article over at the BBC!


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3 Responses to Do writers have more mental illness?

  1. 1989chevy says:

    Well, this goes a long way towards explaining why I’m so nuts sometimes! On the other hand, where does this leave you, as both a psychotherapist AND a writer?! How the hell has the human race lasted this long?

  2. What a world, what a world….

  3. coastalmom says:

    just rebbing my computer up after being gone for a few days…. What I said was…
    NOW THATS encouraging… lol.

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