Meet Famous Arab Poets Who Lived With Mental Illness

Even the briefest survey of the most innovative minds in literature will reveal that mental illness often goes hand in hand with creative expression. The label ‘mad genius’ is then not simply a popular term used to romanticize an artist’s eccentricity, but an accurate (if slightly insensitive) description. Creativity is often the outlet through which artists expel the truths of their deepest sentiments; madness and melancholy in some cases seem to be the catalyst that drives and inspires some artists to create in the first place.