Having a Mental Illness Can be a Benefit

Authors, musicians, scientists, philosophers, composers, leaders, great thinkers, great inventors, great people who have shaped the way we live and think about life have been mentally ill. Bipolar, depression, schizophrenia and chronic substance abuse has been part of the story of some of the most influential people the world has ever known. We learn from their lives to be inspired. Despite their mental illness, they achieved great things, made an impact, and created world-inspiring things in their life. They managed fame, glory, wealth, and even addictions. In their lives they struggled and recovered. Their stories teach us that mental illness does not have to be a complete disability. Having a mental illness does not impair you from being able to live the life your are fully capable of living to the brilliant extent of your brilliant talents and the brilliant person that you are.

The stories of famous individuals who have lived with mental illness often come with a warning about how important it is to always be honest, always speak up, and always reach out during struggles. Tales of chronic relapse, struggling, and suicide remind us that while the disorders of mental illnesses are very real, they very realistically need to be consistently treated. In working with psychiatrists, therapists, and doctors, we learn to work with the light and the dark of our disorders. Most importantly, we learn that we are not defined by our disorders. Our disorders can give us access to parts of our brains and experiences in life that nobody else gets to have.

Creativity And Mental Health Disorders

Many different mental health disorders can come with high levels of creativity. Symptoms of mental health disorders can be channeled into creative output once the skills and tools for coping with symptoms effectively are developed. Common mental health disorders which have high creativity include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Ways To Channel Your Energy

Journaling is a great tool for managing emotions and gaining insight. Different therapies exist to guide journaling in creative ways. Art therapy, drama therapy, music therapy and any other kind of creative expression, complementary therapy can help guide the experiences of mental health into creative outlets.

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