Index of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1 Creativity hurts

1.1 Those who make the legend live
1.2 The pressure on artists
1.3 You don't have to be mad to be an artist, but it helps
1.3a Depression
1.3b Escapism - alcoholism, drug abuse
1.3c Suicide - destruction and creation
1.3d Homosexuality

Chapter 2 The ‘Mad Artist Syndrome’

2.1 Society’s Creation
2.2 Why an artist might like to be seen as mad
2.3 A myth born by documentation

Chapter 3 Creativity Helps

3.1 Why mentally unstable people might choose an artistic profession
3.2 The art of the mad – art therapy

Chapter 4 The Brainstorm

4.1 Brief insight into modern brain-research

Epilogue

Bibliography