I am really nervous about starting this thread because I don’t want to come across as selfish or insensitive. I am from Delhi, but just came to the US to do my PhD in psychology. I wanted to understand whether schizophrenia and creativity are somehow related, and if they are, then how? The reason i developed interest was that my best friend since school was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and since his family was not around, I was the only point of contact he had for 10 years. He is also a brilliant guy, a poet, a programmer, a writer, and a national debater. He still struggles with his psychosis every day, and I have never underestimated the pain, terror, and sheer misery that this ailment brings with it. But since he always felt that his psychosis, however awful, helped him in developing programs or writing stories, I began to wonder if we have too narrow an outlook of psychosis.
I would feel privileged if some of you who like to do anything creative (dance, write, sing, program, work, charity, talk…anything) would get back to me. I am working with 2-3 page narratives of what you think or feel about your experience with schizophrenia and if and how it has helped/hindered/led to you being more creative. Again, I apologize if I come across as an annoying researcher trying to figure stuff out; you can totally ignore me in that case! My mail id is firstname.lastname@example.org (I know it’s strange, but it’s a childhood email id).