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29 December 2011
The authors found that the mortality rates of great musicians was significantly higher than that in the general population.
There are anecdotal reports that authors, actors and musicians suffer from mood swings. They are at higher risk of alcohol and substance misuse, and possibly suicide.
One could argue that they also tend to have stormy relationships.
One wonders if some of them have Borderline Personality Traits, and if these traits make people better artistes.
Competing interests: None declared
South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, Fieldhead Hospital, Wakefield
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