It's official, Creativity has been linked to Madness. Creativity is defined as the production of something both new and valued. Madness is defined as self destructive deviant behavior.
These are linked? Well, apparently.
According to Researchers at Sweden's Karolinks Institute, creative indivduals have similar brain structures to those seen in people with schizophrenia. Creative people possess fewer dopamine receptors than normal in the thalamus of the brain - the area that filters information to the cortex and is responsible for reasoning. This lack of 'filtering' may enable creative types to draw parallels and spot connections the rest of us would miss.
Marcel Proust said, "Everything great in the world is created by neurotics. They have composed our masterpieces, but we don't consider what they have cost their creators in sleepless nights, and worst of all, fear of death."
A bit extreme perhaps, I prefer the word unique, maybe even a little eccentric. I've always known I was a bit compulsive, and that I walk to a different tune to most people, but mad? Nah, My sense of the ridiculous is too well honed for that.