Numerous scientific studies have been completed that reinforce the link between creativity and mental illnesses:
Source: Reuters Health
- A 2002 study by Connie M. Strong of Stanford and co-author Dr. Terence A. Ketter indicated that people with creative tendencies share more personality traits with the mentally ill than they do with the common population. This indicated that creativity and manic depression could possibly have some of the same roots.
Source: APA Online
- According to the research of Arnold M. Ludwig, MD, in his book "The Price of Greatness," (Guilford, 1995) people in the artistic job field are more likely to have a mental illness than those in other professions.
Source: Harvard University Gazette
- Psychologists at Harvard found that those with a low "latent inhibition," or a capacity to ignore the irrelevant, are more likely to be creative. Psychologists said that a lack of the capacity could cause people to become overwhelmed with new information, predisposing them to a mental disorder.