The Connection Between Art and Mental Illness

This article reveals that studies show that artists are more prone to mental illness than the general population. Citing a Scientific American article, this article shows that writers and artists are “20 times more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder…and 10 times more likely to suffer from depression.” The article argues that while mania and depression do contribute to bouts of creativity (particularly mania), the long term consequences of not treating them can be catastrophic. Professor Kay Redfield Jamison, who is a leading authority on mental illness and creativity and is bipolar herself, contends that lithium does not stifle creativity as some artists proclaim.×20-why-creative-people-are-more-prone-to-depression-261229-2368732/