Along the lines of creative geniuses being a touch mentally mad is the idea presented by Aristotle that “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” You think of famous people—like Einstein, an absolute genius in the physics world and an absolute mess at home (https://www.biography.com/news/einstein-love-life-wives-affairs-letters); Churchill, an amazing leader who not only battled for his country, but battled for his own soul against bipolar disorder (https://www.ibpf.org/blog/winston-churchill-and-mental-illness); Lincoln, the man who emancipated slaves but was challenged in emancipating himself from depression (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2005/10/lincolns-great-depression/304247/); and Isaac Newton or John Nash, two brilliant scientists who also suffered from schizophrenic behaviors (https://www.aifc.com.au/isaac-newton-schizophrenic/; https://www.livingwithschizophreniauk.org/john-nash/)--and you have to wonder, does a mental illness mean you will never create value in your life? NO!! Absolutely not! In fact, your mental illness may be the very thing driving your success and creativity.
Here is my point with all of this. A mental illness is not the end of the world. Accept it, and find ways to work with it to create the success you desire. Granted, you may have to work harder than others, but this will be valuable for anyone who experiences you. You don’t have to let the mental illness rule you. Instead learn to work alongside it for your success. If you need help from a professional, reach out to one. Find someone you can relate to. With the help of a professional, find a health, nutrition, or medication routine that works for you. If you are not ready for professional help or do not want to go down that road just yet, find someone who understands you and will help you reach your potential.
Through all of it though, be grateful for your mental illness because without it, you might not have become the genius you are!