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Does mental illness enhance creativity?

Does mental illness enhance creativity?

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. However there is remarkably little good data on the link between creativity and mental illness.

Could you be depressed?

Could you be depressed?

Statistically, between 8% and 12% of us will experience a period of depression before the year is out, according to the Office for National Statistics. But many will never be diagnosed. Despite increased awareness of mental health issues, people can live with a range of symptoms without ever realising they are depressed.

Former HBOS chairman reveals battle with depression

Former HBOS chairman reveals battle with depression

The former chairman of HBOS, Lord Stevenson, says that, despite having made many big business decisions, the only really brave decision he has taken was telling people about his depression, which he first suffered 20 years ago. Lord Stevenson estimates that in the top hundred companies a quarter of those running them have, or have had, mental illnesses, but few have openly acknowledged it.

Melvyn Bragg suffered with depression in his teenage years

Melvyn Bragg suffered with depression in his teenage years

Melvyn Bragg has admitted he struggled with clinical depression as young as 12 years old. His way to cope was to immerse himself in his studies – a mantra which he has continued to use and partially explains his varied career today. He has previously been open about his struggles with depression, including about his nervous breakdown after his estranged first wife committed suicide. Lord Bragg has campaigned to improve attitudes to mental illness and was president of mental health charity Mind for 15 years.

Facebook altered news feeds to assess emotional impact

Facebook altered news feeds to assess emotional impact

Facebook conducted a psychological experiment on nearly 700,000 users without their knowledge. News feeds were manipulated to change the range of emotions that users were exposed to, in order to evaluate if posting behaviour changed as a result. Facebook has been criticised for the study not having ethical approval, the users not consenting to take part and that no monitoring was in place to monitor the impact on users beyond their posting behaviour.

Antidepressant suicide warnings may have led to a rise in suicide attempts in young people

Antidepressant suicide warnings may have led to a rise in suicide attempts in young people

Warnings issued by FDA in the USA in 2003 about the risk of suicide in young people prescribed antidepressants may have led to decreased prescriptions and a rise in suicide attempts. There were concerns that the reports did not fully explain the benefits of antidepressants whilst exaggerating the risk of harm.

Depression and suicide in football

Depression and suicide in football

Former QPR and England Under-21s footballer Clarke Carlisle recalls his depression and suicide attempt and the wider problem of mental illness in the footballing world.

The madness of King George III

The madness of King George III

Modern medicine may help us to discover the real reasons behind King George III's erratic behaviour. In recent years it has become fashionable among historians to put his madness down to the physical, genetic blood disorder called porphyria. Its symptoms include aches and pains, as well as blue urine. Emerging evidence suggests he may have suffered with bipolar disorder.

How Prozac entered the lexicon

How Prozac entered the lexicon

Twenty-five years after Prozac was introduced, the name has entered the cultural lexicon and helped define how people think of mental illness. Back in the 1990s Prozac achieved what few prescription drugs ever do. It was trendy. The drug found fame among laymen, fuelled in part by Elizabeth Wurtzel's bestselling book Prozac Nation. Now it is part of the everyday lexicon.

Stacey Solomon talks about postnatal depression

Stacey Solomon talks about postnatal depression

X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon suffered from post-natal depression after giving birth to her first son at the age of 18 and is now hoping to raise awareness of the illness, particularly among young mums. It is thought that one in 10 new mothers is affected by post-natal depression (PND), but rates among teenage mothers are higher.

Dysthymia - recognition and treatment

Dysthymia - recognition and treatment

As many as 3??per cent of the population is thought to be affected by dysthymia, but because they tend to cope with the demands of everyday life and work - something those with major depression usually struggle with - they can go untreated and undiagnosed for decades, even their whole life.

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Tackling the stigma of mental health problems in childhood.