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BBC Reports “Creative Genius: A Mental Disorder”

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It is important that we do not romanticize people with mental health problems, who are too often portrayed as struggling creative geniuses

-Beth Murphy The mental health charity Mind

According to BBC and a study of more than a million people, it seems that creative people may be mentally ill. The study was done by the Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute. Lead researcher Dr. Simon Kyaga said the findings suggested disorders should be viewed in a new light and that certain traits might be beneficial or desirable. For example, the restrictive and intense interests of someone with Autism and the manic drive of a person with Bipolar Disorder might provide the necessary focus and determination for genius and creativity.

As someone who is familiar with mental health issues, this does not surprise me in the least. What gives me hope s that the medical community may now try new ways to help those suffering with their genius.

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