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!