A Schizophrenia Patient is More Creative than You | MentalHealthSocial Blog


Do you know anybody around you suffering from schizophrenia? S/he may be more creative than you, says a recent study.

“We have studied the brain and the dopamine D2 receptors, and have shown that the dopamine system of healthy, highly creative people is similar to that found in people with schizophrenia,” says Fredrik Ullén, study leader and an associate professor from Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Women’s and Children’s Health.

Going by the Fredrik Ullén’s study, you may now be able to understand and explain why highly creative people show certain degree of mental imbalances in social conducts. If you are a creative person, you may also try motivating the people with schizophrenia to express their talent through some unique ways, says a mental health expert. The research has opens up a new link between mental health conditions and creativity. A debate on the astounding finding is seems to be on the horizon, comments a social worker.

During the study, scientists have observed that both creative people and mentally ill patients share a lot of physical and reflective characteristics. Researchers have also shown that a family having with history of mental illnesses is more likely to produce creative creature. The opposite is also true, they found. Creative people are highly susceptible to schizophrenia. Besides, bipolar disorders are also common among them.

Though, the study does not tell us about the exact brain cells that are responsible for such great behavioural similarities between the two human groups, Dr Ullén suggests it could be dopamine that demands greater study to focus light on the issue. Earlier studies have already proved that it is the dopamine receptor genes that work for people’s deviating creative-thoughts. Dr Ullén had examined a group of people under diversified condition to check their creative ability.

“The study shows that highly creative people who did well on the divergent tests had a lower density of D2 receptors in the thalamus than less creative people,” Dr Ullén says. “Schizophrenics are also known to have low D2 density in this part of the brain, suggesting a cause of the link between mental illness and creativity.”

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