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Successful People Who've Struggled with Psychiatric Disorders | TalentDevelop

Successful People Who've Struggled with Psychiatric Disorders | TalentDevelop | fields of psychology | Scoop.it

By Leslie Johnson

By Leslie Johnson. "The image of the "mad genius" has stayed with us because many of the qualities attributed to highly successful people have been crazy or insane."


Via Douglas Eby
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This is definitely something that I can associate with. It's strangely motivating. The thought that even with debilitating mental disorders people can still be hugely successful is nearly awe inspiring; that a disorder may create greatness. If you read Leslie Johnsons article listing off those of a successful career who are indeed victims of mental disorders one thing you will notice is the specific mental disorder that seems most apparent among these few. Depression. Depression seems to be a sort of amplifier for these few. Boosting their creativity or rather giving them a new perspective to view from. another one of the illnesses repeated is bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is definitely linked with depression; it’s been known as manic-depressive disorder. Bipolar disorder is classified by dramatic mood swings such as swinging into severe depression. Knowing this just makes me wonder; are we great because of our inhibitions? or do we have these inhibitions because we are great? only we can know.

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Laura Strom's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:18 PM

Charles Schultz struggled with depression and anxiety. Santa Rosa, CA where I practice was his home, and boasts a museum and an airport in his name.

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Have Researchers Discovered a Quick Fix for Depression?

Have Researchers Discovered a Quick Fix for Depression? | fields of psychology | Scoop.it

The link between insomnia and depression


Via marsdentherapy
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The link between insomnia and depression is something thats been known for a while at least to me that is. After having just finished a broad study of sleep behavior and sleep disorders i can honestly say that sleep is the cure to an excruciatingly high amount of illnesses. A lack of sleep can raise your chances of becoming obese, developing diabetes, and of course becoming depressed. Not to mention the negative affects on your general cognition. All together, missing sleep is a bad idea, and most Americans today do not get enough sleep. Just look at the average teenager. The average teenager needs approximately eight to nine hours of sleep on top of which their cirdadian rythms keep them up late and waske them up late. Teens are meant to sleep in! but of course they are startled awake by the clanging of their alarm at a quarter till sunrise having stayed up till half past midnight studying and are expected to be functioning through their entire day to do it all again. Frankly it's tragic. Now we wonder why teenagers are constant "zombies" and depressed messes. It all leads back to sleep. Get your sleep.  

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