Run away from wikinut and writing.

GV Rama RaoStarred Page By GV Rama Rao, 19th Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ighk3gu/
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Most of us are proud of our creativity. Unfortunately, creativity comes with a price. We are at great risk.

Creativity and mental illness.

Extremes in mood, thought and behavior--including psychosis--have been linked with artistic creativity for as long as man has observed and written about those who write, paint, sculpt or compose. The history of this long and fascinating association, as well as speculations about its connection has been discussed by several modern authors and investigators. This association between extreme states of emotion and mind and creativity is not only fascinating but also has significant theoretical, clinical, literary and societal-ethical implications.

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868), a prolific writer of operas who composed 39 operas in his first 37 years never composed another opera in the next forty years. His enigmatic silence in the latter part of his life,is a case in point. Margaret Michelle of Gone with the Wind fame has written only one novel.

Mystery solved.

The mystery has now been solved, and the connection between the two has been confirmed.

According to a press release of Simon Kyaga of Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet Sweden, on 16th Oct 2012, the link between creativity and mental illness has now been confirmed.

People in creative professions are treated more often for mental illness than the general population, there being a particularly salient connection between writing and schizophrenia. This according to researchers is the most comprehensive study ever in its field, for it tracked almost 1.2 million patients and their relatives, identified down to second-cousin level.

Mental disorders.

Last year, the team showed that artists and scientists were more common amongst families where bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is present, compared to the population at large. They subsequently expanded their study to many more psychiatric diagnoses - such as schizoaffective disorder, depression, anxiety syndrome, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, autism, ADHD, anorexia nervosa and suicide.
The results showed that certain mental illness – bipolar disorder – is more prevalent in the entire group of people with artistic or scientific professions, such as dancers, researchers, photographers and authors.

Authors

Authors also specifically were more common among most of the other psychiatric diseases (including schizophrenia, depression, anxiety syndrome and substance abuse) and were almost 50 per cent more likely to commit suicide than the general population.

The BBC release said, “Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, according to a study of more than a million people.”

Similar findings were confirmed by Mind Research Network, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America, Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Szegedi Tudományegyetem, Szent-Györgyi Albert Orvos- es Gyógyszerésztudományi Centrum, in Hungary.

In short, madness and genius share common roots.

My take.

Since most of us write and post blogs day in and day out in wikinut for earning a few pounds, we are at a great risk of getting one or all of the above mentioned disorders. These disorders can be very debilitating to one’s body and mind. If creativity is associated with all psychiatric disorders or restricted to those with psychotic features, I would rather give up creativity.

I am sure many fellow wikinuts would agree that it is preferable to forgo these pounds to getting these most uncomfortable disorders. There is also a danger of our children and our cousins getting these disorders and blaming us for passing on all these ailments.
I, therefore, advise all wikinuts to stop all creativity and post only blogs, pictures and videos which involve copy and paste jobs like this one with little or no original thinking. One can post blogs with original thoughts only at his peril.

A time has come to say to hell with the few pounds. If I were you, I’d run as fast as Usain Bolt and get away from Wikinut.

What is your take on this?

Resources: The Internet, BBC, First Post.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar Retired
19th Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks......I just "Knew" something was wrong! :)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
20th Oct 2012 (#)

My dear Jessie Eastland,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your visit and comment.
Since you are new to my pages you have taken me seriously.

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author avatar Retired
20th Oct 2012 (#)

Since you are new to Jessie Eastland, I think you took me seriously...lol. I'm 'Totally Sane'; it's the rest of the World that's nuts!

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author avatar Sherry Kell
19th Oct 2012 (#)

hmmmm, I am not sure about this...

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
20th Oct 2012 (#)

My dear Sherry Kell,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your short comment.
The first part is all facts. The second part is my take on it. Lastly, I asked for your take.
You could have given your take, whatever.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
19th Oct 2012 (#)

One of the things that I learnt early in life was how to handle stress. Trouble is many people become obsessed with doing something and the do it to the extreme, becoming obsessed and even addicted - this is the only thing they have to live for. Look at the number of people who write multiple articles per day, it is easy to see how they are driven by producing content and for many the act of producing matters more than the value or quality of their contribution.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
20th Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks Peter for your take on the matter. Here, some go for quantity to accumulate nut points which do not count for anything anyway.

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author avatar Jojay
19th Oct 2012 (#)

GV Rama Rao, if I may respectfully disagree with you: the points of your article are well-taken, but I don't agree that it applies to most of the writers on Wikinut. If anything, writing here can be therapeutic; we are free to write about what is in our hearts and minds without fear or rejection for failure. If the day-to-day writing on Wikinut was at the level of say a Hemingway (who shot himself) Sylvia Plath (who put her head in a gas oven) or Tennessee Williams, (driven) Dostoevsky who described writing as "the hellish torture" we might have something to worry about. I'm not saying that there might be a few genius here, I'm just saying that I don't think they're using Wikinut as a platform for the expression of that genius. I think most of us see Wikinut for what it is: a friendly and encouraging place to hang out and to share a part of ourselves with others. We do (as writers and readers) what Fitzgerald suggest when he says "Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I'll tell you a story." Congrat on Star Page!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
20th Oct 2012 (#)

My dear Jojay,
Thanks for your comment.
You need not be apologetic for disagreeing with me. In fact, I asked, at the end, for your take on the matter. I appreciate what you wrote. It shows my article has made you put your thinking cap on and respond. This type of comment is much more valuable than a crisp comment like, " fine piece, or well written" etc, .

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author avatar DuitByJames
20th Oct 2012 (#)

GV Rama Rao, you are thinking that creativity is the cause of a disease when the articles you point out say it is only a symptom. At any rate I was for warned before joining that all the authors here were nuts; so I knew straight out the chance of being diagnosed as one myself was a slight possibility. For my own sanity I will go on believing that many people with problems seek out a solution and in the process end up being labeled as a creative genius. Besides if we were all the same there would be no progress. You deserve the star and a big smile.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
20th Oct 2012 (#)

My dear DuitByJames,
Welcome to my pages.
I can't speak for others, but I am a certified nut beyond redemption.
If I could produce a smile on your face, I had achieved my objective. Thanks for the lovely comment.

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author avatar DuitByJames
20th Oct 2012 (#)

GV Rama Rao, I just read two of your previous articles and must add AHA!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
20th Oct 2012 (#)

Yes it was one of those AHA moments when I wrote this.
You may like to read my blog about AHA moment.
Thanks.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Oct 2012 (#)

i dont know GV..I write from my heart and am inspired from within so all is well...and writing is an expression of oneself for many of us....

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
20th Oct 2012 (#)

I wanted to suggest, with my tongue firmly in my cheek, to post a warning, "Writing in general and in wikinut in particular is harmful to mental health." I thought it would be carrying things too far and deleted it.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Oct 2012 (#)

Thougtht provoking, thanks GVR. Though written tongue in cheek, we need to be creative for a better world. Only few have such a talent. It is a price worth paying and the few pounds - the light at the end of the tunnel - helps! The world will also be poorer otherwise! siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
21st Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks Siva for your wise comment.

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Oct 2012 (#)

Well written post my friend, perhaps Hemingway committed suicide because of this.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
21st Oct 2012 (#)

Madan,
Do you think I am going to follow the same route? Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Buzz
20th Oct 2012 (#)

Hi, GV! I'm typing this at a mental hospital...hahaha..lol

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
21st Oct 2012 (#)

Buzz,
You have eaten me in the race.Don't worry as I'll soon be joining and give you the pressure of my company.

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author avatar Denise O
21st Oct 2012 (#)

Buzz keeps taking my pills, stop Buzz! LOL
GV, I can say at times this site has given me a mood swing or two but, a mental illness, nahhhh, that's my friend Buzz in the next cell, oops I mean room.LOL
Though really food for thought your article is. Well deserved star my friend. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
21st Oct 2012 (#)

Denis O,
Three is company. Hang on.I'll be there in a few minutes.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Oct 2012 (#)

LO_ - interesting post. Ditto what Sivaji said.

Seriously? Such a generalization can no apply to all writers - nor all artists....though history has surely shown some prominent figures that fit the description...

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
23rd Oct 2012 (#)

Amma rd,
It's just a mix of some scientific facts with my typcal black humor. It's not to be taken seriously.

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author avatar Carol
27th Oct 2012 (#)

Hi Rama, I find your post interesting, as a writer I have quite an imagination, but i am able to separate truth from fiction, and writing gives me a voice. Your statistics may well be right, but in my case, writing has helped me deal with a troubled life, which thankfully has become more tranquil in recent years. I do believe my expression through writing has helped to keep me sane.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
27th Oct 2012 (#)

My dear Carol,
It is not correct to generalize in such matters. I had given my take and asked for yours on the subject. I wish you success and happiness in writing.

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author avatar Dáre shónúbi .F.
13th Nov 2012 (#)

Hello GV Rama Rao, after going through this informative article, i found it necessary to say that nature has charged us with a responsibility that demands high mental ability. As for quiting writing, our lives begin to end the day we begin to shy away from responsibilities. Just imaging! You couldn't even stop yourself from informing us about this. Didn't you intend to stop? Above all, less thinking; less knowledge, less knowledge; less creativity and vice versa. That's why we are the think tanks of any society. Lest i'm misunderstood, you have a point but, writing is what we have to do!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Apr 2013 (#)

My dear Dare,
Thanks for your comment. You are new to my pages and have taken my comments seriously. I revel in writing about things absurd and my thoughts often are weird, but I enjoy writing them.

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author avatar krunesh kamboj
15th Apr 2013 (#)

Sir, mind blowing article

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Apr 2013 (#)

My dear Krunesh,
Thanks for your compliment. I am on leave and will join duty at wikinut soon.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
17th Jun 2013 (#)

Eh -- what can you do? Van Gogh chopped off his ear and committed suicide. Hitler was a vegetarian painter who went on to orchestrate the Holocaust -- from which came Anne Frank's diary and Elie Wiesel.
You know that song about the "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed?" Well, I think the rest of you are going to have to roll over -- I'm crowded!! ;) Peace, friend.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
19th Jun 2013 (#)

My dear Phyl Campbell,
Thanks for your visit and comment. Ever since my wife died in Nov 2012, my creativity has been zero. I'm just trying hard to get back to writing and Wikinut.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
19th Jun 2013 (#)

99% perspiration and 1% inspiration, right? I'm glad you are here, and trying. I'm hoping that your starting to find some peace after your wife's death. While I have plans to put in motion in the event my husband dies -- selling the house, arranging care for my young son, ordering the financials -- I have no idea how I will react when I can allow myself to feel something about it. And I hope I never have to. But there I go again. I, I, I. Me, me, me. Sorry about that. But I hate empty platitudes, and try to avoid them. Other people do that stuff better, anyway, hopefully the people close to you who have spent more time getting to know you than just stumbling onto a post when in a funk. My sincere best to you, though, GVRR.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
19th Jun 2013 (#)

Ugh -- I can't believe I did that! In the second line, "your" should be "you're." I was going to write something else and changing horses midstream. My apologies!

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author avatar Teila
10th Feb 2014 (#)

Very nicely done!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
10th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Teila for your visit and comment.

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author avatar writestuff
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks for this interesting,informative and creative article. I enjoyed your post.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
25th Mar 2014 (#)

My dear writestuff,
Thanks for your visit. Glad you enjoyed my post.

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author avatar InduKr
14th Apr 2014 (#)

It's master piece and I must say Sir you have a great sense of humor.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
14th Apr 2014 (#)

My dear Indukr,
Many thanks for your visit to my old post and your appreciation.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
7th Jul 2014 (#)

I do enjoyed reading the contents and much more on the exchanges between the author and commenters. Kudos for the share!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
7th Jul 2014 (#)

My dear n.co.radomes,
Many thanks for your comment.

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