By Leslie Johnson
Although it is somewhat of a media-influenced stereotype, the cultural image of the “mad genius” has stayed with us, and that’s because many of the qualities attributed to highly successful people (i.e. that they are crazy or insane) are quite true.
Especially for those of us who are creative and active people, we shouldn’t be ashamed if we struggle with problems of a personal nature.
Here are a few people who made it big, but who cope with the same difficulties that many of us creatives sometimes face.
Continued in her article: Method in the Madness: 5 Successful People Who’ve Struggled with Psychiatric Disorders – includes Charles Schulz; Carrie Fisher; Dave Matthews; Abraham Lincoln; Vincent Van Gogh.
Writer and actor Carrie Fisher at times took 30 Percodan a day, and said in an article, “Drugs made me feel more normal. They contained me.” At age 28 she overdosed, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. – From my article: Gifted, Talented, Addicted.
[Photo from Facebook/Carrie Fisher www.facebook.com/carrieffisher