“Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.”
Herman Melville in “Billy Budd, Sailor”
According to the World Health Organization, psychological disorders affect a third to nearly half of people at some point in their life.
Many of the people who suffer mental health challenges are artists – often very accomplished and well-known actors, writers, musicians and others.
Over the course of many years of researching the psychology of creativity and reading about and interviewing artists, this topic of mental health and creativity continues to fascinate me.
Actor, screenwriter and singer Ashley Judd (a Phi Beta Kappa grad of the University of Kentucky, by the way) entered a treatment program in 2006 for personal issues, including depression and codependency.
Read quotes by and about many other creative people with emotional and mental health challenges in multiple articles on my sites, including these: