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Anxiety can often be a drag on creativity, upending the trope of the tortured artist

By Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University
In the U.S., anxiety disorders affect about one-third of the population. So it’s no surprise that a good number of artists and writers also suffer from anxiety and depression.

But whereas some critics see Vincent Van Gogh’s striking paintings and Sylvia Plath’s confessional poetry as the direct result of their psychosis and depression, I tend to be less romantic about this subject. I see their brilliant output…The Conversation

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