Being a writer, could mean you are Mad.

 

http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/events/idoc.ashx?docid=5560c821-2308-4e72-bd3d-e9663ca4a44a&version=-1

 

According to a recent study of over a million people, writers are more than twice as likely as the rest of the general population to kill themselves.

Couple that along with increased risk of Schizophrenia, Bi-polar disorder and even a higher susceptibility to substance abuse, means that writers are a worrying bunch altogether.

The study conducted by Karolinska Institute in Sweden, has gone as far as to label creativity as “Closely entwined with mental illness”

 

 

It quotes the following examples:

Troubled minds

  • Novelist Virginia Woolf, who wrote A Room of One’s Own and To the Lighthouse, had depression and drowned herself
  • Fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid, had depression
  • US author and journalist Ernest Hemingway, who wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls, had depression and killed himself with a shotgun
  • Author and playwright Graham Greene, who wrote the novel Brighton Rock, had bipolar disorder

Lead researcher Dr Simon Kyaga said the findings suggested disorders should be viewed in a new light and that certain traits might be beneficial or desirable.

For example, the restrictive and intense interests of someone with autism and the manic drive of a person with bipolar disorder might provide the necessary focus and determination for genius and creativity.

Similarly, the disordered thoughts associated with schizophrenia might spark the all-important originality element of a masterpiece.

Source: BBC News Website

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