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Van Goghs Mental Illness
Psychology has interrelated ingenuity and insanity wherein they state that there is a very thin line that separates them. But the societies of the world should extend their gratitude to those people who have been diagnosed with such condition because a large percentage of them have contributed a lot to the progress of the modern world like Vincent Van Gogh. Like other geniuses around the world, Vincent Van Gogh shows his expertise in the field of art. His works reflect impressionism kind of art and was regarded as brilliant artworks by many people. Despite struggling from mental illness, Van Gogh still managed to create amazing portraits and paintings which became a great contribution to the impressionist art.
Vincent Van Gogh’s Mental Health
There were many physicians who try to define Van Gogh’s condition, but there were only three of them who are painstakingly involved in his treatment. Both Dr. Felix Rey and Dr. Theophile Zacharie Auguste Peyron diagnosed Van Gogh’s condition as a type of epilepsy. Another doctor who has well-regarded his talent as an artist, Dr. Paul Gachet, considerably became Van Goh’s friend while being treated in the asylum. Dr. Rey has failed to appreciate Van Gogh’s creativity and maintain his distance between with the artist after the former saw the latter’s psychotic episodes.
In his last 10 weeks of life, he found a friend with Dr. Gachet who believed that his epileptic condition was already treated with digitalis. The prescription drug, however, causes the patient to see spots in yellow and became the reason why the artist well-regarded his color.
There are different diagnosis that came to life regarding Van Gogh’s mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, thujone poisoning, lead poisoning, hypergraphia, and sunstroke.
Van Gogh uses lead paints as his base and doctors believed that he might have been poisoned from nibbling the paint chips nibble. Dr. Peyron also stated that Van Gogh tried to poison himself by drinking kerosene and swallowing paint.
Absinthe was a popular alcoholic drink in those days, and Van Gogh is one of the artists’ who consumes it significantly to counter his anxiety, depression, and more importantly his epilepsy. Absinthe has a toxin called thujone, and doctors believed that it aggravates his manic depression and epilepsy.
Many believed that Van Gogh’s mental illness came from mania followed by exhaustion then depression. Manic depression or bipolar disorder has been one of the diagnoses since after being depressed and exhausted, he attempted suicide.
Van Gogh’s mental illness has been significantly associated with his skills. Many believed that because most of the time he enjoyed painting outdoors especially when he was in South of France, many believed that sunstroke is the reason why he suffered with episodes of hostility, nausea, and bad stomach.
Having been associated with mania as well as epilepsy, many believed that Van Gogh’s 800 or more accounts of letters is because of hypergraphia. This condition causes a person to write continuously just like craving.
Even though he suffered from a lot of different medical conditions, Van Gogh’s mental illness didn’t become a hindrance for him to make brilliant and well-regarded artworks that made him one of the brilliant artists of his time.
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