This is part 2 on creativity.
As a group, those in the creative professions were no more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders than other people.
But they were more likely to have a close relative with a disorder, including anorexia and, to some extent, autism, the Journal of Psychiatric Research reports.
There has been studies about creativity and mental illness. I have copied them here as reference:
Creativity is known to be associated with an increased risk of depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.The thalamus channels thoughts
Similarly, people who have mental illness in their family have a higher chance of being creative.
Creative people, like those with psychotic illnesses, tend to see the world differently to most. It’s like looking at a shattered mirror” Mark MillardUK psychologist
He believes it is this barrage of uncensored information that ignites the creative spark.
This would explain how highly creative people manage to see unusual connections in problem-solving situations that other people miss.
In an earlier review on Creativity and mental illness, however the
Conclusions: There is limited scientific evidence to associate creativity with mental illness. Despite this, many authors promoted a connection. Explanations for this contradiction are explored, and social and research implications are discussed.
I found these findings fascinating. As I reflected on the significance of developing ourselves and others as more creative educators and learners, we might need to be aware of these research findings.
Would creative sparks for some creative people and geniuses be associated with some forms of mental illnesses?
Could we be highly creative, but are perfectly healthy mentally?
It seems that we still have a lot of unknowns about creativity and its association with our mental being.