Mental illness is tremendously misunderstood. Most people significantly underestimate what awesome things mentally ill people do with what others see as an obstacle in life.
The brain remains a mystery to most scientists, and for this reason, much research goes into studying mentally ill people’s profound abilities with mental illness. Neurologists and psychiatrists work tirelessly to unravel the secrets that might unlock the understanding of how and why humans do what they do.
Many mental illnesses are the result of an unbalanced brain chemistry
which in fact makes them just as much a physical illness like any other. Sadly, most people unjustly stigmatize mental illness. These stigmas, plus the mysteries of the brain that remain, can exacerbate people’s conditions and make them worse than they need to be.
The lack of compassion can cause people to become tremendously worse
What is most interesting, is that these stigmatized illnesses can be the source of genius, scientific or creative. Most famous artworks and many famous inventions were derived from the minds of people suffering from alternative brain chemistries to the average person.
So what is the silver-lining when diagnosed with a mental illness? As much as it causes suffering, it can also cause you to exhibit super brain powers that the average person doesn’t have. Let’s examine many of these mental illness superpowers below:
Anxiety – Super IQ
It is no surprise that for a disorder that causes people to think too much about everything, and then feel overwhelmed as a result of that. They have super-powered brains that are more active than average people.
And it is not just superior intelligence. Studies reveal that individuals with social anxiety disorder are highly empathic and have advanced communicative skills. These individuals are always making neural connections much faster than average.
A 2012 paper from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center has suggested that those who worry excessively have evolved this advanced genetic trait as an extremely successful survival technique.
Essentially, being concerned as a default response has a beneficial silver-lining. Comparatively, less anxious people are more likely to misjudge danger in many situations.
Depression – Creative Genius
There is a very long list that contains creative geniuses who also suffered depression. Ernest Hemingway, Edvard Munch, Charles Dickens, Vincent Van Gogh, Leo Tolstoy to just name a few.
Creativity derives from rich emotions, and rich emotions are inundating when a depressed person overflows with profound creativity. Additionally, depressed people deliberate over their thoughts obsessively.
They can’t let any experiences go, and will imagine infinite possibilities and reasons and meanings attached to those experiences. All of which can become brilliant fodder for creative expression, whether through writing, art, music, dance, theater or inventing.
Schizophrenia – Mathematical Genius
Some of the most frightening criminal minds on earth are geniuses, and there is substance in the title of “mad professor.”
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