Experts Suggest Link Between Depression and Creativity

The recent suicide death of actor Robin Williams is not an alien news to the world. Experts say that there is a very strong link between creativity and depression.

Arka Roy Chowdhury
Written by: Arka Roy ChowdhuryUpdated at: Aug 16, 2014 16:01 IST
Experts Suggest Link Between Depression and Creativity

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depression and creativityThe death of Robin Williams that shocked the film fraternity and fans worldwide is now coming under some light as experts are beginning to understand that there is a relationship between creativity and depression. While it is true that no one knows the kind of problems the late Mr. Williams was going through, it is now known that he was suffering from an early stage of Parkinson’s disease. Therefore, there happens to be a link between madness and creativity.

It is also believed that this sort of a link can often be painful, and in fact lethal to a person. The evidences are piling up from years of biographical studies and as well as studies of artists, writers and musicians. One can find higher rates of mania, severe depression and also the tendency to commit suicide in such creative individuals. The alarming factor is that first degree relatives of such creative people with bipolar disorders or depression also tend to have mood disorders as well as the creative streak.

There had been four studies in the past five years that found that people with bipolar illness were actually disproportionately likely to be overrepresented in their creative occupations.

It is also believed that mood, and temperamental behaviour can often make people more creative in nature by increasing their fluency and the originality in their thought process. One must however remember that not all creative people have mental illness, and most people who have bipolar disorder are not usually creative.

But at the end of it all, one must realise that the answer does not lie with committing suicide.

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