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Témoignage : Having a mental illness doesn’t make you a genius

le 19 juin 2015

[The Guardian] A new study links bipolar disorder with creativity, but it’s a mistake to glamorise debilitating conditions.

What do Britney Spears, Elgar, Jackson Pollock and Virginia Woolf have in common? The answer, should the question ever come up during a strangely morbid pub quiz, is that they all experienced bipolar disorder. That’s if posthumous diagnoses by media psychologists are to be trusted. Other artists touted as belonging to the bipolar club? Graham Greene, Dusty Springfield, Spike Milligan … the list is long.

Perhaps no surprise, then, that a new study  says those with genetic risk factors for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are 25% more likely to be creative. The results, however, depend on the sturdiness of the science behind those genetic risk factors and, indeed, what one even means by “creative”.

Source The Guardian