"'Severe' episodic psychiatric disorders - sufficient to interfere with function, daily life, and relationships - occurred in an average of 27% of the total group [of creative geniuses] ... 11% had alcohol dependence." - Francois Martin Mai, Chapter 5 Illness and Creativity, in book "Diagnosing Genius: The Life & Death of Beethoven." Here you can order it from Amazon.
Over and over again, it's documented that creative geniuses run into a buzzsaw of emotional challenges, psychatric labels applied to them, substance abuse, and even psychotic time-outs from life. The scholar who wrote the recent classic texts on that is Johns Hopkins professor in the Medical School Kay Jamison.
The good news about all that is that if you are a creative genius, you can adopt the attitude of so-what. The criticism from the whomevers, the opportunities squandered, enforced stays at mental hospitals, and even the soul-trying emotional anquish itself are all irrelevant. That's because your ability will trump what tends to do in normal professionals.
Sure, there will be setbacks. But, who cares, at least if you don't. The bottom line is to continue to believe in your gift. At Apple, John Sculley seemed pleased as punch that he had sent Steve Jobs packing. Soon enough, without Jobs, Sculley was sent packing. Until he died Jobs continued to set forth commercial miracles. Sculley is currently attempting a comeback. Since he's obviously not a creative genius but an Organization Man, the outcomes are iffy.
Creative genius in media games Rupert Murdoch is always being counted out. The latest challenge has been by News Corp investors to limit the Murdoch family's voting power. Didn't happen.
By the way, the nice thing about being a creative genius is that you don't necessarily have to also excel on the IQ side. Some do, as with Goethe. His was measured at 210. But, all you really need is for it to be average. Therefore, no reason to regret for the rest of you life that your LSAT score was mediocre and that you didn't set law school on fire. If you, like creative geniuses do, focus compulsively on what new you are attempting, the odds are that you will succeed. Big.
Thought leaders such as Dan Goleman and David Brooks have all hammered that there are diminishing returns from high IQ as one moves along in a professional life. Their point is illustrated by the myriad lawyers whose mighty minds didn't save them from being derailed while an associate or even as an equity partner. And how many of them have been able to bounce back? Creative geniuses have greater overall staying power and manage the comebacks they need.
If an order could be put in with the universe before one's child was born, the gift we might request is creative genius. The others don't help all that much in disruptive times. As Mai points out in his book, it was in a period of high social, cultural and political change that Beethoven came into his own.