Creativity, Depression and Suicide
Slaby A E
The relationship between suicide & creativity has long been a subject of considerable concern. The author presents evidence indicating that in fact depression, suicide & creativity are related. Several hypotheses for the relationship are posited. It is suggested that the same changes in the serotonergic system that are associated with depression in general & with impulsive suicides & homicides in the extreme may also be responsible for an element of risk taking that characterizes creativity.