What if we thought of mental illness as a benefit?

The Evolutionary Advantages of Mental Illness | Frank King | TEDxRanneySchool

I always thought Charles’ talent was a gift that came with his mental illness. How many creative people suffer from depression, anxiety, addiction, or bipolar? This TEDx talk by Frank King makes you think about this premise.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

2 thoughts on “What if we thought of mental illness as a benefit?”

  1. You know, I’ve often thought that those of us in the world who are highly creative, sensitive, aware – are the ones that struggle the most. Some of my most difficult experiences have created things that have helped so many. I often wish I wouldn’t have had to deal with what I did, but then in many ways, I wouldn’t be me. However, I also believe though in healing from these things, it is the journey we are on to discover so much more. In the process, we help so many more as we touch our innermost selves. Great video you shared here!

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