Mental Illness as Artistic Ability
Kay Jamison Keynotes - The Kay Jamison keynotes examine the artistic qualities that are often tied to those who suffer from...
She explains that for thousands of years, certain depressed mental states have been co-related with producing particular types of geniuses and artists, and that modern research also supports these findings. However, she stresses that we cannot romanticize mental illness because often, the people living with it do suffer a great deal. She shows that even some of history’s most famous artist wanted to be treated for their mental illness. In this intriguing conversation, Kay Jamison reveals that although people living with mental illness are capable of think in abstract ways, that it is still important that they receive medical treatment to live a better quality life.