Why are the smartest people so crazy?

I was recently given a handout in my psychology class that opened my eyes to this topic. It is a proven fact that people with bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia are linked through the DARPP-32 gene to have significantly more creative qualities

Take for example Hunter S. Thompson, and van Gough. Both were labeled as geniuses by society. Both also had metal disorders. The reason I bring this up is because there may be people out there that are suffering from this and feel inhibited or held back because of a predisposition thought about it. Well I am here to not just tell you, but show you how not true that is. I am no genius, nor am I comparing myself to the above mentioned. I am however proud of who I am and who I am becoming. I suffer from both bi-polar, and mild schizophrenia. I was stuck in that I am fucked rut because my mind is messed up. I have started to try to figure out how to harness it and use IT to my advantage instead of it pinning me down. It says in this hand out I was given, ” the idea that a persons chances of mental illness, and his/her chances of being creative may stem from the same place, but neither one causes the other”, says Sarah Klein in a Huffington Post article. So I strongly urge those of you to try something today. Try anything. It can start as something small. Whatever you are into, give it a shot. This blog is just one of many things I do today to express myself and try to be creative. So, to all you out there with any sort of mental issue, I don’t like saying disorder, be proud of who you are. Do not be afraid to fail at something. There is doubt in just trying. There is success and accomplishment in DOING. Yes there may be failure, but I would rather fail knowing I gave it a shot than not succeed because I didn’t even give it a go. Be brave people. If no one told you today yet, you matter, I love you and I am proud of you for even reading this. To those of you out there in the grip of it, I pray that today is the day your life changes for the better as mine has! God Bless!20161019_153548-1



  1. And this is why most people who suffer from a mental illness turn to drugs. Is is disgusting how common it is to see these people go UNTREATED. So they clearly self medicate in turn making the mental illness harder to diagnose if and when they are seen by a doctor. The symptoms that are given to doctors are inaccurate because a drug addict that is IN their active addiction will have difficulty deciphering between symptoms caused by drug use that affect the brain and the symptoms that are caused by the mental illness itself. Even though they will probably swear that they can at the time. I know because I’ve done it. I have went to be evaluated IN active addiction and again now after I have a significant amount of clean time. And it is night and day. About 97% of the problems I was experiencing were due to my severe drug use even down to me having seizures. These seizures were anxiety related and were brought on by long term benzodiazepine over use AND abuse and short term benzo withdrawal. But I was always misdiagnosed due to the years of drug abuse even when seen by top doctors. I had even went to Northwestern in Chicago to be seen and the outcome was still the same. Mental illnesses and addiction go hand in hand most of the time but one thing seems to be extremely consistent and that IS the little extra that these people almost always seem to have. And that is the level of creativity they possess. It was something that was always inside of them even at young ages but had always manifested as destructive behavior due to their addiction. So for the ppl who are losing hope and who can’t seem to find their niche… Keep going because it’s in there somewhere.

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