I saw this picture online last week, and I wanted to post it on my blog and see what people thought of it.
I’m trying to decide what I myself think of it, especially as an obsessive-compulsive who is also a creative writer. Do I believe that my creativity is tied up inexorably with my mental illness? Would I be just as creative without OCD? Do mental illnesses perpetuate the arts or stifle them, or does it depend on the person?
Before I went through cognitive-behavioral therapy, I used to wonder if I wouldn’t be as interesting without my OCD. I don’t devote much time to thinking about that anymore, so this picture is really bringing up those old thoughts. While I believe that OCD/mental illnesses can draw creativity out of a person, I don’t believe that it is the wellspring of it, by any means. In many ways, my OCD hampered my creativity. Now that it is under control, I feel much more creative freedom.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Mine are obviously not yet sorted out!