Why creative people are more prone to depression

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Deborah Stone

Science has proven artists are more likely to face depression, especially serious bipolar illness. Is mental instability an inevitable price of creativity?

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The painter Vincent van Gogh famously cut off his own ear in a period of anguished depression. The writer Virginia Wolf walked into a river with her pockets full of stones declaring she could not live with ‘going mad again’. The composer Robert Schumann died in an insane asylum following multiple suicide attempts. The magnificent works these and many other troubled artists bequeathed to us were obtained at a terrible price.

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Deborah Stone is Editor of ArtsHub.