I suspect that there’s a high percentage of creative people amongst disinfonauts, so sorry I’m sorry to tell you, but you’re 25% more likely to suffer from mental illness than other, non-creative people. The Guardian reports on a new study showing that creatives are more likely to carry genes that raise risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia:
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The ancient Greeks were first to make the point. Shakespeare raised the prospect too. But Lord Byron was, perhaps, the most direct of them all: “We of the craft are all crazy,” he told the Countess of Blessington, casting a wary eye over his fellow poets.
The notion of the tortured artist is a stubborn meme. Creativity, it states, is fuelled by the demons that artists wrestle in their darkest hours. The idea is fanciful to many scientists. But a new study claims the link may be well-founded after all, and written into the twisted molecules of our DNA.