The Myth of the Tortured Artist

Are artists really more tortured than the rest of us? Let’s consider this myth and the studies that assess whether there might be a link between creativity and mental illness. If you need help with mental and/or substance use disorders, contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) – Free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service:

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Karolinska Institutet, 2013:
Karolinska Institutet, 2011:
Buffalo State, 2017:
Johns Hopkins University, 1990:
Centers for Disease Control, 2016:

Kay Redfield Jamison’s “Manic- Depressive Illness and Creativity”:
“The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness”:
Critique of Redfield Jamison findings:
“The relationship between measures of creativity and schizotypy”:

The latest research on creativity and the arts, June 2014:

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