Creativity and Mental Illness

I wanted to write about creativity and mental illness. About two or three years ago Scandinavian researchers proved a link between the two factors using a registry of citizens that matched their careers with the types of mental illness they had. Overall individuals who worked in creative fields had bipolar or schizophrenia as opposed to those in other fields.

Really I wanted to dramatize in my memoir Left of the Dial that doing what gives you joy can help you heal and have a better life. How when I obtained a job where I could be creative and act cheerful that’s when my recovery and my life took off.

I wanted to make it hip indeed cool to live your life Left of the Dial when you have a diagnosis of schizophrenia. “Left of the Dial” as I’ve written in here before has always signaled to me that your symptoms are under control and not raging full-on.

And this can happen when you get the right help right away: the illness can cease to be a big thing. It can become a minor part of your life that doesn’t stop you from doing the things in life that you want to.

I think I’ve been as clear and specific in this blog entry as I can be so I’ll end by repeating this thought:

The schizophrenia doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things in life that you want to.

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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