September 12, 2012

The Mental Disorders of History's Geniuses

Kathy Benjamin, Mental Floss


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Studies have shown that there are much higher instances of mental disorder in political leaders and creative geniuses than in the general population. And while it’s impossible to be completely sure of a correct diagnosis of a historical figure, that hasn’t stopped researchers from making educated guesses. Here’s a speculative look at the mental health of 11 of history’s big thinkers.

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TAGGED: Mental Illness, Genius, History

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