There is a possible link between bipolar disorder and creativity. There are many famous people who struggle with bipolar disorder such as Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Friedrich Nietzsche, Kurt Cobain, Russell Brand, Marilyn Monroe, Robin Williams, and many more people. There is a huge list of creative individuals that struggle with bipolar disorder. Creativity comes in many forms, from musicians, actors, artists, writers, and scientists. Not everyone who is creative has bipolar disorder and not all of those with bipolar disorder are creative. I wonder if there’s a link between creativity and other mental health disorders, or is it just with bipolar disorder?
I’ve never really thought of myself as creative, but I have been told I’m creative by other people. I’ve played many instruments growing up, the saxophone, clarinet, piano, and more. The one that stuck is the piano, which I love to play. I supposed I could consider myself a writer; I do blog almost every day. Maybe I am more creative than I think I am.
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There is a general association between mental illness and creativity for sure (I believe it is in the way we think), but I think mood disorders are even more likely to experience this. Kay Redfield Jamison wrote a book called Touched with Fire, and it deals with creativity and mood disorders. It’s a compelling read if you’re really interested in the topic, but it is in depth and not for everyone. I do know a few other illnesses, like ADHD, are also associated with creativity.
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Thanks for the information. Maybe I’ll read it some time.
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