Wednesday 10 June 2015

Creative People More Likely To Suffer From Mental Health Issues

Scientists have found a link between creativity and mental health issues.

They say artistic types with unusual jobs and more likely to have genes that causes problems like manic depression than those with standard jobs.

The theory is displayed among famous people throughout history such as painter Van Gogh.

More than 250,000 people were studied as part of the Icelandic research which was published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

They found people who had creative careers like acting were more likely than others to carry the genes linked to mental health issues.

This was compared to the genes of those with average careers like salesmen.

Lead researcher, Kari Stefansson, of genetic research firm deCODE, said: ‘We are using the tools of modern genetics to take a systematic look at a fundamental aspect of how the brain works.

‘The results should not be a surprise because to be creative you have to think differently from the crowd.’

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