“Here’s what the evidence shows about the links between creativity and depression” was posted by the British Psychological Society Research Digest online blog on 1-3-18. This is a fairly long and detailed article that reviews research recently published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. The researchers surveyed almost 3000 studies of the relationship between creativity and mood disorders, and selected 36 for analysis.

The results found:

  • while there is a relationship between being creative and having a diagnosis of a mood disorder, creatively was most commonly associated with a bipolar disorder and was not actually associated with all mood disorders.
  • People with a clinical diagnosis of a mood disorder are not more creative than the general population.

The BPS article concludes: “(the results) suggest that creative people are indeed liable to mood disorder, but overall there is little evidence that mood disorder makes you more creative.”

The BPS article is available for free online.

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