Creativity and Depression: What Causes The Link?

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The World Health Organization estimates that over 121 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression. It is one of the world’s most common mental disorders and with 30% of sufferers attempting suicide, I’m not lying when I say that depression kills. With the death of Robin Williams still fresh in the minds of the public, the question has been raised of why the most brilliant minds are those of sufferers. Creative types have been proven to be the group most affected by the disorder, with people such as Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and Michelangelo all being effected. Is this due to nothing but their unique thought processes or could it be something else?

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Cherophobia, the Fear of Happiness.

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If you look all over the web to find sources on this, there isn’t really a reliable definition. By reliable, I would mean that cherophobia is cited in a scholarly review paper. The closest to a medical diagnosis is from rightdiagnosis.com here. It defines cherophobia as ‘An exaggerated or irrational fear of gaiety or happiness.’ It too doesn’t provide a lot of details into the condition. However, another source here did talk about it more. Apparently, this condition may have occurred because of past disappointments. To me, this makes sense, because what else could possibly make a person afraid of being happy?

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If you tickle me, I’ll punch you

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How many times have you uttered the phrase “tickle me and you will die”? Okay, maybe you are not as violent as I am but there have definitely been times where you threatened or raised your voice to a person who was either going to or already was tickling you. But of course, just like me, you have never meant it. In fact you may have even just said it to keep up appearances because in fact you liked having someone tickle you. But why? Tickling literally makes you feel like you’re about to die, and then you start flailing all over the place and accidentally kicking someone in the chin, and basically it just becomes a mess. So why do you like it?

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