I got this comment to my post Mood Disorders And The Artist and wanted to share it with you.
“I really like your blog.It is understandable that what is creative and new comes from a different kind of mind state than what is common.It is also common to see people in creative professions abuse substances to have that edge. Given, the altered state is due to mental illness or the substance artistic genius cannot come out of ordinary brain. The reason for the wonderful works of art or poetry is the training and genius behind the person and not just the illness. There are so many ill who do not do great.
The problem is many artists feel that they must experience the depth of emotion and do not seek treatment when they are ill even when it is available.They succumb to suicide at low points.I hate to see people die especially the creative ones. Your blog can educate people regarding these issues. By the way I am a practicing psychiatrist.”
This sentence really stood out to me… “The reason for the wonderful works of art or poetry is the training and genius behind the person and not just the illness. There are so many ill who do not do great.“
The moods of the illness can enhance who we already are… the moods can compliment the talent that is ALREADY there. The training of the artist, the practice, the play of words… all of it is there… sometimes the moods can be the catalyst to transform the vision into the work. But it is ALREADY there. I love that and it didn’t really sink in until now.
Thank you Dheeraj Kattula for your comment. Your insight is profound and helped me to see things in a different view.
May this blog continue to reach many different people. May it provide insight to those on the outside looking in, and may it offer a light of hope to those who live in the grips of the world of manic depression. ♥