So, just as some people who are creative tend to be a little different, so are some people who are mentally ill. And they
may often be one and the same, Andreasen said. And this conclusion, she added, raises an important question: Could treating
creative, mentally ill individuals with psychotropic medications stifle their creativity? Not necessarily, she replied. For
instance, the American poet Robert Lowell continued to write great poetry after receiving lithium for his bipolar disorder
and was grateful to have a treatment that seemed to be a miraculous cure after years of suffering. "I think most mentally
ill creative people are grateful to be treated with medications if the medications improve their lives," Andreasen declared.