“There is no great genius without a mixture of madness,” a statement originally made by Aristotle, has been supported by modern science today. Studies have shown a high correlation between creativity and mental illness, with individuals suffering from schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and autism being particularly creative.

The so-called “mad-geniuses” see the world quite differently than ordinary people. They observe and analyze even the minor details that most people ignore. Not only do they perform ordinary tasks in unusual ways, but they also do unusual things in ordinary ways. They do their own “thinking” rather than blindly following others. These are the people with surprises up their sleeves. They are different and unique, and whatever they do is the manifestation of their very own personality.

History is full of such mad geniuses. Newton, Einstein, Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Emily Dickinson, Jane Austin, Mark Twain, Alexander Graham Bell, Bertrand Russell, and many other great minds are said to have suffered from Asperger’s syndrome. Darwin, Nicola Tesla, Michelangelo, Beethoven, Samuel Johnson suffered from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. John Nash, a brilliant mathematician, suffered from schizophrenia. Virginia Woolf, Vincent Van Gogh suffered from Bipolar Disorder.

Most of history’s geniuses were pretty “mad,” but the world we live in now, with all its technological and medical advancements, we owe it to those geniuses and their insanity. Their craziness played a huge part in their inventions and creations. Sylvia Plath, one of the most influential poets of the last century, who suffered from depression nearly all her life, said, “when you’re insane, you’re busy being insane all the time, when I was crazy, that’s all I was.”

While it is easy to romanticize the idea of the tortured artist or the mad scientist, it is important to note that mental illness is a serious condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is not something to be glorified or celebrated. In fact, many people who suffer from mental illness are not creative at all.

Despite this, there is no denying that mental illness can sometimes provide a unique perspective on the world. It can give people the ability to see things that others cannot, to make connections that others miss, and to approach problems in innovative ways. This is why some of history’s greatest inventions and works of art were created by people who were struggling with mental illness.

So, while we should never glamorize or trivialize mental illness, we can acknowledge that it is often intertwined with creativity and innovation. We can appreciate the unique insights that it can bring and support those who are struggling with mental health issues. We can work towards breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness so that people can get the help they need without fear of judgment or shame. By doing so, we may be able to unlock the full potential of the “mad-geniuses” among us and help them contribute to a better world for all of us.