Is there actually a link between creativity and bipolar disorder?


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When I was younger, a friend of mine (who I can’t say that I’m currently friends with) told me that there was a fine line between intelligence and insanity.  I think she actually said “there’s a fine line between genius and insanity.”  Although I’m currently using the word “intelligence” because I now know that she was referring to me, and suggesting that I was slowly and awkwardly tipping the scales towards insanity.  I think that there is also a fine line between being “creative” and being just plain “weird.”  I think it’s an admirable thing to firmly be in control of your intelligence or creativity and to be able to do something productive in society with those gifts.

I feel that for most of my life I have been a relatively creative person – good at writing and at one point, good at playing the piano and also drawing in…

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