7. SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
Suicide seems to be the last resort of everyone suffering from mental distress, or so we have witnessed. It is often related to as a desire to take reins of life in one’s own hand. It could be mere thoughts and may or may not include the act of killing itself.Topping the list of psychiatric disorders we have Virginia Woolf, the woman who had her first bout of depression at the age of 15. Although we maintain that creativity is ultimately linked to neurological abnormalities, her issues actually crippled her creativity – puncturing it with migraines, sleeplessness and hallucinations. In her works she criticized medical treatments as she found them to be ineffective. She isn’t the only one in this section, all of the artists that we have discussed above and will be discussing here on wards had suicidal tendencies.
Moving forward with our list of mental disorders, we have Addiction and it’s various forms. Alcoholism, drug addiction and all forms of self limiting behaviors have been major signs of mental illness. It is not uncommon that people with exceptional cognitive tendencies get entrapped in it, perhaps as a form of self medication.Edgar Allan Poe – the writer of “The Raven” suffered from third degree alcoholism. Stories about his drinking problem have been famous during his time, and it probably was a cause of his demise as well.Same is the case with Oscar Wilde but he needs to introduction I suppose. Drunk writing worked like a charm in cases of Poe and Wilde.(Let’s raise a glass to the brilliant artists). Since we are on the topic, I would like to add an interesting quote by Frida Kahlo: “I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”