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Compr Psychiatry. 1988 May-Jun;29(3):207-17.

Bipolar affective disorder and creativity: implications and clinical management.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City 52242.


Research on the relationship between creativity and mental illness is summarized, and studies documenting a relationship in writers between creativity and affective illness (particularly bipolar illness) are described. Writers have a high prevalence of affective illness, and both affective illness and creativity have increased frequency in their first-degree relatives. The clinical management of the creative individual is challenging. In general, creative individuals are most productive when their affective symptoms are under good control.

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