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Does Mental Illness Enhance Creativity?

It’s widely held that it does – but what does the evidence say?

By Claudia Hammond

Everyone can cite famous people from Vincent Van Gogh and Virginia Woolf to Tony Hancock and Robin Williams, who were exceptionally creative and experienced mental health problems. There are so many examples that it seems obvious that there must be a link between mental illness and creativity.

Surely research would support this common wisdom? Not exactly.

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