Writing is an illness?

I’d totally forgotten about writing this post until LionAroundWriting posted their comment today…

Have We Had Help?


So, science has just worked out that anyone who shows any kind of creativity is suffering from a mental disorder. Where do they get these notions from?
In a recent article on the BBC:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19959565entitled “Creativity closely entwined with mental illness” it was pointed out that writers have a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse, according to a team of researchers at the Swedish Karolinska Institute, led byDr Simon Kyaga.
It went on to say that anyone who is in the least bit ‘creative’ is almost twice as likely to kill themselves; far more than the general population. According to the researchers, creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers being particularly susceptible.
Thanks a lot folks; that maybe explains why I am so driven to write. It’s a funny thing but I’ve never ever thought of writing as…

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3 thoughts on “Writing is an illness?

  1. Well, of course writing’s an illness, Jack. I mean, where else would you find grown men and women conversing with imaginary friends in landscapes that exist only in the mind of the creator? Who else sits for hours in front of a screen tapping keys until their wrists cry out for rest, their backs shout protest at immobility and their bladders burst because we just have to finish that sentence, paragraph, page chapter?
    No, sorry, there’s no doubt about it: we’re all completely bonkers.
    Mind you, given the state of assumed sanity out there, as represented by authority, politics and business, I’m pretty determined to remain within the bounds of our peculiar insanity!
    Thanks for this reassuring post.

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