posted on May, 13 2013 @ 03:02 PM
I have been very interested in this subject ever since I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder as a child. I like to think of myself as quite an
intelligent person but, if I am going to be honest, I am quite "crazy" as well. This, the essence of being bipolar, two seemingly contradictory
aspects fitting together so perfectly, has fascinated me.
There are so many examples of this conundrum, the madness of genius, that I have only chosen a few of my personal heroes to be provided in this
I would like to start with John Nash, because he is one of the most well known thanks to the movie A Beautiful Mind. John Nash suffered from severe
schizophrenia. He was extremely paranoid and believed that he was surrounded by communists conspiring to "get him". He hallucinated regularly and
his marriage suffered dramatically because of his extreme paranoia. This man contributed to many fields with his work in mathematics including
economics, artificial intelligence, accounting, and even politics. He also contributed to Singularity Theory which is something that I myself am
fascinated with. A mad genius.
Sylvia Plath, one of the greatest poets of all time. She was bipolar and wrote about her own personal experiences with mutilation, suicide attempts,
depression, insomnia, paranoia, and other typical results of bipolar disorder. It was not until after she succeeded in committing suicide that her
work become famous. She was, more or less, a modern-day Poe. A mad genius.
Jackson Pollock suffered from bipolar disorder as well as drug addiction. He was a brilliant abstract painter and his name is well known in the art
community. His relationships with friends, family, and lovers all struggled due to his disorder and his continuing substance abuse. He also struggled
with fame, which pushed him more and more into his depression and addiction. Yet he made these beautiful works of art that will forever be immortal. A
These are only three examples out of many. Is there a scientific link between mental disorders and a genius mind? What are your opinions on the