This show focuses on famous people with mental illness. Six people are profiled: Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickenson, Peter Tchaikovsky, John Nash and Patty Duke using some of the art, poetry and music created by these very talented people.

Discussion Questions for Famous People with Mental Illness

Resources for Famous People with Mental Illness


Taped August 19, 2009.

Notes on music and art:
The composer of the music and the painters of the pictures used in the show lived with serious mental health problems.
Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky

The Parable of the Good Samaritan by Francesco Bassano
Old Man in Sorrow by Vincent van Gogh

The Erythraean Sibyl (Sistine Chapel) by Michelangelo

Note:The views expressed on this program are those of the speakers and not necessarily those of Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare or Comcast.