Creative people more likely to suffer from mental health issues

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A woman holding her head in her hands as mental illness has become the drug industry's golden goose, a GP claimed as he cautioned against over-use of antidepressants.   PICTURE POSED BY MODEL. File photo dated 08/11/07. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 23, 2013. Des Spence said the medication was prescribed 'too easily' for too long and may have no benefit at all. And he argued that the current definition of clinical depression - two weeks of low mood, even after bereavement - was too loose and led to 'widespread medicalisation'. According to recent research, 75% of those who write such definitions have links with drug companies, he said. See PA story HEALTH Antidepressants. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire The theory is displayed among famous people throughout history (Picture: PA)

Scientists have found a link between creativity and mental health issues. 

They say artistic types with unusual jobs and more likely to have genes that causes problems like manic depression than those with standard jobs.

The theory is displayed among famous people throughout history such as painter Van Gogh.

More than 250,000 people were studied as part of the Icelandic research which was published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

They found people who had creative careers like acting were more likely than others to carry the genes linked to mental health issues.

One of Vincent van Gogh's paintings (Pic: AP) Van Gogh suffered from self-destructive behaviour (Picture: AP)

This was compared to the genes of those with average careers like salesmen.

Lead researcher, Kari Stefansson, of genetic research firm deCODE, said: ‘We are using the tools of modern genetics to take a systematic look at a fundamental aspect of how the…

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