Genius, Geeky, Quirky, Weird or just Different?
History discloses that Einstein, van Gogh, Poe, Newton, and Mozart are amongst some of the many brilliant individuals who were thought to have a mental illness.
Like Einstein, Dr. Temple Grandin, a 21st century author and speaker on Autism was considered ‘weird’ and had a speech delay as a child. In her book “Different not …Less”, Grandin comments that most of Silicon Valley is led by people on the Autism Spectrum.
Medications are prescribed to control identified disorders. Dr. Oliver Sacks in “Anthropologist on Mars” suggests that there is a danger that over medicalizing for various psychiatric disorders reduces complexities of expression and takes away from an individual’s uniqueness. Afflicted individuals sometimes view subdued or suppressed passions as a cost to pay for mental health.
For more information:
Sacks, O. (1995) Anthropologist on Mars: A paradoxical tale