Aspects of Mental Illness Beneficial

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A recent study, conducted at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, found a correlation between creative professionals and mental illness. As reported by the Times of India, the study tracked almost 1.2-million people and their relatives and checked for a variety of diagnoses including depression, schizoaffective disorder, substance abuse and ADHD.

The findings suggest that individuals who work in artisitic or scientific professions are more likely to suffer from certain mental illness. Interestingly, relatives of individuals diagnosed with a mental illness were more likely to work in a creative field.

Simon Kyaga, consultant in psychiatry and doctoral student at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, says these findings could have a far-reaching effect on the treatment of these illnesses. 

If one takes the view that certain phenomena associated with thepatient’s illness are beneficial, it opens the way for a new approach totreatment.

In that case, the doctor and patient must come to an agreement onwhat is to be treated, and at what cost. In psychiatry and medicinegenerally there has been a tradition to see the disease in black-and-white terms and to endeavour to treat the patient by removingeverything regarded as morbid.

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