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Beautiful Myths and the Minds of Schizophrenics

Some schizophrenics are said to be creative thinkers with beautiful minds. While this is sometimes the case, more often the genius of schizophrenia amounts to no more than word salad. The exceptional mind remains just that — exceptional. Read More

If one is looking at the IQ

If one is looking at the IQ of people who have schizophrenia, I'd be more curious about their IQ before they developed schizophrenia as I would think that's more relevant.

I am a psychologist and have

I am a psychologist and have worked with many people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Nearly every one of them has been a creative genius. Whether they are able to bring these talents to concrete fruition is another matter entirely.

This article accepts misleading pharmaceutical company propoganda about the broken schizophrenic brain that is supposedly repaired through medication. That mythical story has been soundly put to rest.

In fact, it is now well documented by research that antipsychotic medication used over a long time can damage the brain. It does not repair it.

Many authorities now believe that antipsychotic meds are best used on a short term basis during the most acute phase of schizophrenia, and then tapered off.
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your comment

Thanks for your comment. I agree that medication should be avoided if such a course is possible and preferable, in terms of the subjective well-being of psychotic individuals. I do not believe that there necessarily exists genius in creative minds. Genius is not genius if it does not speak to the "historical moment", as described by Erikson. Traditional thought can be a basis for new ideas, but creativity that does not provide an answer to the problems of the times is not genius. I do not know that my work is contingent on this type of intellectual climate. Nevertheless, I respect the utility of science, and, while I do not usually use other people's ideas as a basis for my discussions, I do understand the importance of research.

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Ann Olson is a doctor of psychology, a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.


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