“I used to go for long periods without being able to do anything, but now I play every day” – Brian Wilson
I guess it’s romantic in a way, to think that mental illness is attached with creative people. Even a study by J Phillippe Rushton, a Canadian psychology prof, found creativity to correlate with intelligence and psychoticism.
Others believe there’s no link, whatsoever. “There is no link between creativity and mental illness,” Dr. R. Keith Sawyer wrote in an article for the Huffington Post. “Creative people are not more likely to be diagnosed with mental illness, and mentally ill people are not more likely to be creative than normal people.”