Ernest Hemmingway was arguably even more popular of the celebrities that suffered from bipolar disorder. A novelist and short-story writer of American origins who impacted modern literature in no small way, Ernest Hemmingway was not alone. There were also Tchaikovsky, and Sergey Rachmaninoff, composers of repute in their time; and painters Amedeo Modigliani and Jackson Pollock. These were all great minds that were well known and deeply troubled in some way, yet the works of their hands speak for themselves.
It is a general consensus that creativity comes at times of inspiration, which would suggest, if these famous people suffered from bipolar disorder, that it would be mostly during the manic episodes of their suffering that they created some of their best works of art. Also, some artistes are well known to only be able to ‘create’ when they are depressed, while they are loud about it at other times.
The tentative hypothesis of some is that ‘That Fine Madness’ that these famous people suffered from somehow prompted them to be creative, although there are people who think it is the other way round. Results from various researches and experiments are inconclusive because they point in both directions. Basically, there are too many people with bipolar disorder who are far from creative, and there are too many creative people who do not suffer from manic-depression.
If I may offer a suggestion, I would say that it’s different strokes for different folks. Great minds are great minds because they dare to go places that other people fear to tread, fabiosa.com in mind and in body. And whereas several of them get away with it, several others pay the ultimate prize… either in mind or in body. Following the findings by anthropologist Jo Ann C. Gutin, there is definitely a link between greatness and madness somewhere; we just don’t know what it is yet.