In Episode 3, we got a bit serious and talked about the link between creativity and mental illness. What does it mean to be a creative person? If you pursue a creative path, is having mental health issues inevitable? Plenty to read on that issue below!

We also talked about what it means to make friends as an adult, and useful things our psychs have told us. Then we ventured into adult colouring-in books, because we’re totally hip, and a little about why having a shithouse time of it can just be part of the true experience.

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Things to read

Tim Rogers reveals struggle with panic attacks | ABC TV

Secrets of the Creative Brain | The Atlantic

What Neuroscience Has to Say About the ‘Tortured Genius’ | HuffPost

Robin Williams’ Death Underscores Connection Between Creativity, Depression And Addiction | Forbes

Creativity and psychosis share a genetic source: study | AFP

The dark side of creativity: Depression + anxiety x madness = genius? | CNN

The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Brain Pickings

The Chicken Project | Stephanie H Convery

Things we talked about

What anxiety feels like in 9 photos

Flowy – a breathing game for anxiety

Buy these colouring-in books:

Querkles: A Puzzling Colour-by-Numbers Book – Thomas Pavitte

The Wallpaper Colouring Book – Jessica Stokes, Gemma Latimer, Natalia Price-Cabrera

Enchanted Forest – Johanna Basford