As a mentally ill artist, I use painting and drawing as ways to cope with the
realities of my
day-to-day existence. Pushing paint around on canvas allows
me to enter a world over which I have complete control. Creating art distracts
me from the paranoia and hallucinations which, unfortunately, are very common.
Art, especially abstract art, requires a lot of brain power to create. When
I draw or paint my mind is focused on the work at hand and I don't think
about any of the negative things that tend to enter my head when I'm
not otherwise engaged. Art is at least as important as medication.