5. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD
OCD is an anxiety disorder where a person exhibits compulsive, repetitive and obsessive behaviors, it involves both obsessions and compulsions.On our list of mental disorders and famous people with OCD, we have Charles Darwin and JK Rowling.Charles Darwin (the person behind evolutionary theory) suffered from Obsessive compulsive disorder. From his writings and Journals, some doctors see signs of autism while the rest point towards OCD as he kept very detailed and extensive records of all new and repetitive symptoms.JK Rowling, the author behind Harry Potter, said in a review that one of the main characters in her book “The Casual Vacancy” depicts OCD. About the character, she stated that it was inspired from the experiences she had while growing up – irrational, repetitive and obsessive behaviors of double checking, triple checking everything.Looking at all these brilliant people, do you think, OCD just might be the secret ingredient to producing magic?
Next on the list of mental disorders, we will talk about Auditory and Visual hallucinations. Hallucinations are often referred to as feelings or sensations which appear to be real but are only created in one’s mind. For example, hearing voices, seeing things which are not there. Philip Dick is definitely on top of the list when we talk about Sci-fi writers. His work has been massively incorporated into Hollywood. While growing up, he showed signs of schizophrenia and suffered from hallucinations as well. In one of his statements, he felt a beam of pink light entering his brain. He got admitted to medical care but it did not stop him from providing us with his endless contributions. (Hmm, I think I could use some pink lights in my brain too…for some inspiration). Anyhow, another famous personality on our list to have suffered from mental disorders is Vivien Leigh. I bet most of you have watched the movie Gone with the Wind? It’s a masterpiece, so is the book! The lead actress of this movie, Vivien Leigh endured serious phases of mental and physical illness throughout her life. She was diagnosed with cyclical manic depression and hallucinations and was admitted to proper care just so she could complete her last movie. Now that’s called determination.
3. SCHIZOPHRENIC MENTAL DISORDERS
Schizophrenia is a severe mental condition which distorts the way a person behaves, acts, thinks, interacts and understands reality. Usually such patients with severe mental disorders get withdrawn into a delusional world.Famous people with Schizophrenia includes Zelda. Zelda was the wife of the famous writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Like Sexton, Fitzgerald had a very little shot at life. She had been to several different mental institutions and for several different reasons, one of which included Schizophrenia. The institutes could not do much to help her as she kept relapsing to the extent that she was receiving insulin shock treatments. She died in 1948 in a fire accident.
2. EPILEPTIC SEIZURES
Next on our list of mental disorders, we have Epilepsy which is defined as a brain disorder with abnormal neuronal activity. An epileptic seizure occurs when a burst of electrical impulses in the brain escape their normal limits. They spread to neighboring areas and create an uncontrolled storm of electrical activity. The electrical impulses can be transmitted to the muscles, causing twitches, muscle spasms convulsions and a temporary loss of awareness.There are very interesting cases for this disorder as most of the famous people with Epilepsy in our list are remarkable writers. Charles Dickens along with Fyodor Dostoevsky, Edgar Allan Poe have been found to be epileptics. Van Gogh is one the very few artists whose case study has been of immense interest to many Psychiatrists because of his overwhelming case of mental retardation. His hallucinations coupled with seizures made him cut his own ear once (ouch), which he painted so perfectly as shown in the image above. His epilepsy seemed to have influenced him profoundly.
1. ANXIETY DISORDERS AND PTSD
Concluding the list of mental disorders, we have Anxiety and Post traumatic Stress Disorder which is very common in today’s generation as well. PTSD’s are usually found in people who have had life-threatening life experiences.Famous people with Anxiety includes Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela. Lincoln is one of the most inspirational personalities who suffered from psychological distress. He had a traumatic childhood and unfortunately for him, trauma never left his side. At a very young age, he almost drowned and lost his mother. His sister passed away, too, 10 years after that. He lost 3 of his children while they were still young. It is not a surprise that Abraham Lincoln despite having a strong leadership role suffered psychologically as well.Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned for a good part of his life, suffered from PTSD. During his time, he went through brutality, starvation and severe anxiety, all of which gave a solid ground for PTSD to grow on.
I’d like to conclude our list of mental disorders by sharing a personal learning. Whenever we look at all these brilliant souls, even at people around us, we only see the outcome but never for a second think about the place it has come from. Because we fail to realize that everything has an impact and everything has a price. Cheers to all artists, nonetheless.