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    yea 1% in the UK

    Bipolar Disorder (manic depression)

    This is the page from the Royal Collage of Psyciatrists, so I'd say a good source for a statistic.

    Teeny tiny. I do think that in the US they tend to be diagnosis happy....

    I had a bit of a though earlier in the week... if there is a larger population of obese/sluggish people, normal/energetic beahviour must seem hyper... may be why there seems to be over diagnoses of hyperactivity... sorry I may be clouding thoughts here

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyJaye View Post
    I have three bipolar family members ( all on one side of the family ), and they are SP, SP and SJ.

    I think type function has zero to do with the brain chemicals inherited by genetics.


    brain chemistry and trigger experiences have nothing to do with personality type... I should know
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post


    brain chemistry and trigger experiences have nothing to do with personality type... I should know
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    I doubt they are any more creative as a population than the regular population. They are a relatively small group therfore you cna expect within the bipolar population to be degrees of creativity and non creativity. I can't say that creativity is the first thign that springs to mind about the people I have met/nursed etc with this condition..... out of control would be my first thought...
    Conclusive research has demonstrated the connection between bipolarity and creativity. You should read some of Kay Redfield Johnson's writings; she's a manic-depressive psychiatrist on the faculty at Johns Hopkins Medical School. She writes powerfully about the devastating episodes that bipolar people often experience but also advances, and has led the larger advance, for scientific acceptance of the link between mania and artistry. A review of the literature will assure you that she has done so.

    While psychiatry, as it should, continues to prescribe lithium to type I bipolar individuals, it has come to recognize that Aristotle was right: "no genius without a tincture of madness."

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    <-- sucks at art
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orobas View Post
    typically in a family the true bipolars have a very tough time, however closley related relatives tend to be much more creative and successful than the avarage person.

    Bipolars are all over the freaking net.

    The true bipolar has the long term dramatic mood swings. My great grandfather was this way. Every couple of months he would spend two weeks in the local mental hospital.

    However much more common are the "hypomanic" bipolars. I am wary of this as a real diagnosis as it is too mixed up with ADHD, borderline personality disorder or any of the other personality/mood disorders. It tends to be a catch all diagnosis.

    However many of these folks do see improvement in thier mood stability via mood stablizing meds like the antiepleptics. I am a huge fan of psychopharmacology, even if the underlying disorder is poorly understood.

    Just for grins and giggles:
    30% of society will have a mental illness at some point.
    15% of society will qualify as modereately mentally ill
    These are worldwide stats, not just the US.
    Psychotropic drugs are notorious for reducing a person's creativity. I've been there. They may make you feel 'stable' but it's a high price to pay for some...just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King-Of-Despair View Post
    Looks like XNXPs are particularly susceptible to Bipolar disease, many of the people listed here are labeled creative, and just happen to be Ne dominants and auxiliaries. Can anyone support this? If you have bipolar, I doubt that you'd be on the internet... or maybe not... hmmm...

    The types for those people don't seem to actually link to NP at all really, it's quite a mixture...
    I'd like to add the fantastic Spike Milligan to that list and also the wonderful Stephen Fry...both held very highly in my esteem!
    I'm ENFP and apparently bi-polar (most likely type 2), very creative and can see the creative correlation.
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    I was origionally diagnosed as type 2 and upgraded to type 1... I've had writer's block for 8 years and truly suck at art

    I'd happily trade it in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    I was origionally diagnosed as type 2 and upgraded to type 1... I've had writer's block for 8 years and truly suck at art

    I'd happily trade it in!
    Writers block? is it just that you hate writing anything, or are you talking about something specific?

    And for the record i would not change mine for anything, even through all the darkest days i have seen, because it has shaped me and made me who i am. Regrets i have a few...but to trade it in, never.
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    I haven't been able to creatively write for 8 years--- I can give a million and one ideas away, but I can't keep any for myself
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