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Creativity and Mental Illness

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4.12.11 Creativity and Mental Illness Vincent Van Gogh -suffered from mental health problems through -cut off his air, died by gunshot -depression, psychotic (hallucinations and delusions) Georgia O’Keeffe -nervous breakdown -hospitalized for depression Edgar Allen Poe -“ Men have called me mad, but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence – whether much that is glorious – whether all that is profound- does not spring from disease of thought- from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.” Sylvia Plath -“ A time of darkness, despair, and disillusion – so black only as the inferno of the human mind can be – symbolic death, and numb shock—then the painful agony of slow rebirth and psychic regeneration.” -died by suicide Virginia Woolf -bipolar disorder, severe breakdown -“I married, and then my brains went up in a shower of fireworks. As an experience, madness is terrific… and not to be sniffed at, and in its lava I still find most of the things I write about. It
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