Laughter may be the best medicine but did you know that comedians are more likely to suffer from mental illness?
A study conducted by Oxford University, which used data gathered from more than 500 comedians who completed a survey, found that comedians may be more disposed to ‘high levels of psychotic personality traits’.
These traits often lead to mental health problems, in particular anxiety and depression.
But are comedians drawn to stand-up as therapy or is it the job itself that causes these problems?
Dr. Mark Widdowson, a psychotherapist and counsellor, suggests that comedy is actually a well suited career for those who suffer with anxiety.
Dr. Widdowson also claims that those suffering with anxiety and depression are adept at covering it up meaning it is often a surprise when their issues come to light.
This is particularly the case for comedians who seem so joyous and chirpy on the stage.