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The Hapsburgs, the single greatest ruling house of European history, were famous for the MENTAL illness that passed through their bloodline. Before the loss of holland though, they seemed to be wiser rulers than they were crazy. But eventually, madness seemed to be inherited without the ability to win wars or lead effectively.
For the most part, I don't think you are doomed by mental illness. Van Gogh was "blessed" with a divine madness. It's a shame he took his own life, but its the same force that produced "starry night."
makes me think of another "madman," the poet blake:
Tiger, tiger, burning bright in the forest of the night.........
what the fire?
what the chain?
in what furnace was thy brain?
Originally posted by narnizzle
I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. I can say with 100% certainty that it does not advantage me in any way. I have paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions that, when I'm not on medication, leave me unable to function properly. Even with medication I am still not able to work. I often go days without leaving my apartment.
Originally posted by whitewave
reply to post by indigothefish
Interesting question. I would think most mental disorders would be a disadvantage to survival or, at least, productive survival.