According to the suggestions of new research, creative people can be 90% more likely to suffer from schizophrenia than the average person.
According to a study by the King’s College London, bipolar disorder, as well as depression and schizophrenia, all develop more often in people that have degrees in artistic subjects.
Previously, it has been found that the brains of creative people work differently, which, according to scientists, may make them more at risk of mental-health problems.
There was a study of the entire Swedish population’s medical and education records which found that those who studied subjects like music, as well as drama or art at university, have more psychiatric conditions than the general public.
People that studied law degrees do not have a higher risk, suggesting that people that are going to university do not cause the increase.
What is schizophrenia? Is there a schizophrenia treatment for a schizophrenic?
According to some figures, around 1% of the world population suffers from schizophrenia. About 220,000 are diagnosed in England and Wales and approximately two million in the US.
What are the negative symptoms of schizophrenia?
Hearing voices, which is also known as ‘verbal hallucinations,’ is highly distressing and a third of patients do not respond to medications.
Creativity usually involves linking ideas or concepts in ways that others wouldn’t think of. But, that is also similar to how delusions work – for instance, seeing a connection between the color of someone’s clothes and being part of an MI5 conspiracy.
He also suggested that the genetic makeup which makes people creative may be linked to the factors that are making them more likely to have mental-health problems. It is also possible that people that are exceptionally moved by art – even if they are not artists themselves – might be more at risk of emotional instability. Dr. McCabe added:
Someone that is moved to tears by looking at a painting may have greater artistic sensitivity, but may also be more vulnerable to depression.
The findings have been published in The British Journal of Psychiatry.
Creative people are about 62% more likely to have bipolar disorder.
According to further results, creative people are 62% more likely to be admitted to hospital for bipolar disorder, and 39% are more likely to be accepted for depression. Hospitalization for the conditions usually occurs in people in their mid-30s.
Sweden is a country with a population of approximately 10 million people, with the findings adding to a study of 86,000 people in Iceland in 2015. The Icelandic study has found some genetic link to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in creative people, like musicians and artists.
Also, there were concerns about the researchers’ definition of creative people, because of only those that had art degrees being studied. Dr. Shelley Carson from Harvard University said:
It is not ideal as many highly creative people are not studying art.
A professor at Cardiff University, named Jeremy Hall, added:
My advice to artists is the same as to anyone else worried about developing psychosis. Do not smoke cannabis and also try to lead a generally healthy life.
Genetics overwhelmingly causes schizophrenia.
Research released last year has suggested that genetics could explain around 79% of cases.
Also, a study of 60,000 people, which published in Biological Psychiatry, has suggested that the genes which people inherit pay a considerable role. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), half of the 21 million patients who have schizophrenia around the world do not receive care for the condition. And even when they do, existing drugs do not get to the root of the illness, and there have been just a few advances in the last 50 years, say some experts.
Currently, treatment is limited to addressing one specific symptom of the disease – psychosis.
According to the researchers from the University of Copenhagen, the findings usually hope of screening for the severe mental illness before it takes hold, permitting for more successful treatments.