Mania brings out patients’ creativity

The study, conducted at the Black Dog Institute, University of NSW, among 219 patients, found 82% were more creative when hypo or manic, engaging in writing, painting and other art forms although patients with subtype II were more likely to also draw and be musical.

Twenty-one per cent of those with subtype I, who experience greater dysfunction during mania, overspent money as a consequence of their creative activities compared with only 4% of those with subtype II.

J Affect Disord 2013; online 3 August