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The analysis of the bipolarity features in students of arts and students of technology.
 
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Zakład Zaburzeń Afektywnych, Katedra Psychiatrii UJ CM, kierownik: prof. dr hab. med. Dominika Dudek, Zakład Neurobiologii, Instytut Farmakologii PAN, kierownik: prof. dr hab. Andrzej Pilc
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Studenckie Koło Naukowe Zaburzeń Afektywnych, Wydział Lekarski UJ CM; opiekun: prof. dr hab. med. Dominika Dudek
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Studenckie Koło Naukowe Psychiatrii Dorosłych, Wydział Lekarski UJ CM, opiekun: dr n. med. Marcin Siwek
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Odział kliniczny Kliniki Psychiatrii Dorosłych, Szpital Uniwersytecki, Kraków, p.o. kierownika: dr n. med. Maciej Pilecki
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Marcin Siwek   

Zakład Zaburzeń Afektywnych, Katedra Psychiatrii UJ CM, kierownik: prof. dr hab. med. Dominika Dudek, Zakład Neurobiologii, Instytut Farmakologii PAN, kierownik: prof. dr hab. Andrzej Pilc, Kopernika 21a, 31-501 Kraków, Polska
Submission date: 2013-05-19
Final revision date: 2013-07-05
Acceptance date: 2013-07-05
Publication date: 2013-09-26
 
Psychiatr Pol 2013;47(5):787–798
 
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Objectives:
The aim of the research was to assess the prevalence of the bipolar spectrum features among students of a variety of faculties, by dividing them arbitrarily into ‘art’ or ‘technology’ cohorts.

Methods:
120 subjects were examined, including 57 students of arts, and 63 students of technology. The tools used included a basic socio-demographic questionnaire and the Hirschfeld Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ).

Results:
The bipolar spectrum features (as identified by the MDQ responses) were significantly more prevalent among the students of arts, as compared to the students of technology (28.2% vs. 4.8%, p ≤0.001; OR = 7.8; CI 95%: 2.13–28.51; p ≤0.01). Moreover, in comparison to the students of technology, the students of arts were more likely to: 1)report mood patterns of intermittent ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ (49.1% vs. 15.9%, p ≤0.0001; OR = 5.11; CI 95%: 2.18–11.99; p ≤0.001); 2)seek for psychiatric or psychological support (12.3% vs. 1.5%; p ≤0.05; OR = 5.2; CI 95%: 1.79–15.21; p ≤0.01); 3)have a history of utilisation of psychotropic medications (31% vs. 7.9%, p ≤0.001; OR = 8.7; CI 95%: 1.03–72.9; p ≤0.05). They were also more likely to use psychoactive substances (other than alcohol).

Conclusions:
The considerable prevalence of the bipolarity features (as measured by the MDQ), combined with higher prevalence of intermittent periods of elevated or depressed mood, higher likelihood of seeking for psychiatric or psychological treatment, and higher prevalence of using psychoactive medications/substances in the cohort of the students of arts indicate a significant association between artistic talents and creativity, and the bipolar spectrum disorders.

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