Pete Earley, Journalist and Mental Health Advocate

Week #13 One of the reasons I wanted to take this course was to gain some insight and understanding of mental health care and the history behind all the unfortunate stereotypes that accompany people who are suffering from mental health issues. As the parent of four adults and a grandparent of two teenagers, the problems …

Mental Illness in Media

Mental Illness is often misrepresented in film and TV, but this video highlights some of the ones that got it right. Crazy Ex Girlfriend makes the top of the list by capturing Borderline Personality Disorder and her struggle to get a diagnosis to finally begin treatment. Rachel finishes law school and finally lands a dream […]

Week 12

My post for this week is about this video on the link between mental illness and creativity. The video discusses the notion of the struggling artist and how this is a trend we have seen throughout time. Mental illness and creativity work in the brain in similar ways and this is why mentally ill or […]

Famous Creative People with Mental Health Issues

Week #12 This week’s topic is quite interesting. One of my favorite pieces of art is the Pieta sculpture in Vatican City. I have never had the privilege of seeing it in person but I find it to be incredibly moving. Several years ago I read that Michelangelo most likely suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome. My …

The Connection Between Art and Mental Illness

This article reveals that studies show that artists are more prone to mental illness than the general population. Citing a Scientific American article, this article shows that writers and artists are “20 times more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder…and 10 times more likely to suffer from depression.” The article argues that while mania and …