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Raphaël Gaillard: “Psychological disorders are the price of our creativity”


INTERVIEW - The psychiatrist stresses that our ability to represent the world to us is our strength, but that it is also a risk.

“It was through my profession that I myself came to poetry

,” confides the forty-something psychiatrist, who shares a taste for science as well as that of letters and the arts.

Normalien, doctor, legal expert, Raphaël Gaillard directs the hospital-university pole of psychiatry of the Sainte-Anne hospital and the University of Paris.

With a fine and accessible pen, his essay, entitled

Un coup de ax dans la tête

(Grasset), examines the links between madness and creativity.

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- For ordinary mortals, psychiatry rhymes with madness.

Can your patients be considered crazy?

Raphael Gaillard.


Certainly not.

In psychiatry, we avoid reducing the person to a disease, to a status.

A person is not said to be schizophrenic, but to have schizophrenia.

If the word madness has been put aside because of this fear, it must be used, because it is linked to the question of creativity.

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Source: lefigaro

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