- 近畿大学医学雑誌 (ISSN:03858367)
- vol.16, no.3, pp.515-523, 1991-09-25
We report psychopathology in a chronic schizophrenic who liked to paint and draw. He firet manifested the disease at the age of 27 and committed suicide at the age of 48. From his work of art made from 30 to 48 years of age, We analyzed the relationship between his psychopathology and the artwork he had done from the age of 30 until his death. While he was not in a psychotic state, his drawings were very meticuious but not creative. While he was in a psychotic state, by contrast, though the patient was distraught, his awork was very creative. Drawing was for him an effective method of alleviating the pain of psychosis. He attempted to understand himself and observe himself objectively by drawing his own portrait and making himself into a piece of art. He ultimately failed to objectively accept that he had psychosis, and he committed suicide.