Writing & Editing Writers have higher risk of mental illness, study says Swedish researchers found that writers, more than the general public, tend to suffer from anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, substance abuse, and more. By Michael SebastianOct. 22, 2012 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.