When looking for a relationship between creativity and mental illnesses, we must first delve into artistic history. Of course, blindly identifying any artist with a creative spark as "mad" is unfair and unrealistic. But the connection had to start some place for scientists to pick up on it - and that place lies in the stories of those who have shared their craft with the public. The following artists have been historically connected a mental illness (Jamison 268-70). Artists who have been admitted to an asylum or psychiatric hospital include:

Artists who have committed suicide include:

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