I must mention in passing that some reviewers seemed to have missed the dist Kay Redfield Jamison is a renowned psychologist, expert on bipolar she prefers the term: manic depressive illness, and is also bipolar herself. She handles both of those issues deftly, though, and with a combination of modern scientific research and well-chosen quotations and anecdotes, presents a nuanced, persuasive overview of bipolar symptoms correlating with artistic productivity. Artists, in particular, often experience a creative block during their depressive periods, resulting in an intense frustration with their decreased productivity. Still, it shows what people, who would otherwise have been wrote off by society can achieve by picking up a pen or a brush. Inspirational role model, starting with her memoir An Unquiet Mind.
I imagine I must have spent far more than thirty thousand dollars during my two major manic episodes, and God only knows how much more during my frequent milder manias. Plus suicide in some, as you may already know. Her work, based on her study as a clinical psychologist and researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists subject to exalted highs and despairing lows were in fact engaged in a struggle with clinically identifiable manic-depressive illness. An amazing insight into the bipolar temperament and its relationship with creative ability. You have energy that will never run out.
It is devastating to have the illness and aggravating to have to pay for medications, blood tests, and psychotherapy. However, one think that has increasingly bothered me in retrospect is the highly romanticized account of the condition. Marco refuses to see the disorder as anything other than a gift, despite the fact that his mania poses increasing risk to himself and to Carla. But being depressed and maniac, it powers a lot more a terrible state of being, I mean, for artists. One of Jamison's earliest books, but she's always a consummate researcher and a conscientious writer.
In terms of becoming mystics. R Jamison and her first book was for me the ultimate diagnostic tool. What might Van Gough or Virginia Woolf have been able to do had they not taken their own lives? One of you will be a director and the others might go on to do other things in the business. Sorry Doctor, but you were so manic to get your point across you alienated and missed the mark. Most surveys are highly suggestive of a correlation; however, most artists, writers, and other creatives do not appear to be suffering from a major mood disorder. I read this book trying to understand my depression and while the book is primarily about bipolar, which I don't have, it's full of information that can help someone fighting depression.
And that link has been the subject of discussion for. However, one think that has increasingly bothered Kay Redfield Jamison has written a highly engaging book about BiPolar illness in connection with creativity and artists of all stripes. The fact that some bipolar folks find creative ways to express themselves despi Interesting insights here. All I know I was suffering in melancholy alone But to face something you don't know, is very terrifying in itself you have no Idea how your mood change and your hypomania starts. This is no quick, relaxing beach read. The book seems to be written for the general public rather than professionals. Thank you for this post and best of luck with all.
For all its esoteric charm and good, it really is to narrow minded it seems. Jamison is herself manic-depressive and I highly recommend her memoir An Unquiet Mind , and it may be in part because of this that she does such an excellent job of avoiding glorifying this illness while still acknowledging that it seems to fuel a certain kind of genius in some artists. I read this book trying to understand my depression and while the book is primarily about bipolar, which I don't have, it's full of information that can help someone fighting depression. The definitive work on the profound and surprising links between manic-depression and creativity, from the bestselling psychologist of bipolar disorders who wrote An Unquiet Mind. That should probably be said again: being bipolar is not romantic; it is many things, but few of them are actually enjoyable. The fact that some bipolar folks find creative ways to express themselves despite this often debilitating and deadly illness is a nice little pay-off for the difficulties it causes in their lives.
There is a danger, of course, in romanticizing biopolar disorder as some kind of marker of creativity. There is a wealth of material here, both anecdotal and statistical. The filmmaker hopes just the opposite will happen, though. There is a need to categorize and label every aspect of life and mental state, the range of what is normal is getting narrower and narrower, and this book highlights this unintentionally. They try to reason, get mad, back off, and do it all again. I personally am not, and I was a bit concerned.
Highly recommend everything she has written for anyone living with manic-depressive illness a. Like Dalio, Kirby thinks the movie opens the door wider for engagement around bipolar. However, the prevalence of mood disorders is far greater than in the general population. She presented study after study to this effect, but most of them had vanishingly small sample sizes or other gaping flaws; she also tells us in passing that 25% of studies in the literature find no relationship between mental illness and creativity, but she doesn't present any of those. A major problem for me was that Dr.
Diagnosis of mental disorders for historical individuals are also somewhat uncertain. The list of artists is so long. Personally, I'd spent the latter 6 years suffering of the Manic-depressive Illness. The highs and lows can be harnessed. Mania, of course, does not simply produce more creative energy.