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 the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and currently working on getting a book published. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. 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.

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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