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I believe her thesis, but the ” Jamison’s thesis is that artists are disproportionately manic-depressive — that manic-depressive illness and to a lesser extent unipolar depression are correlated with creativity.

Sep 21, Calli rated it it was amazing. Please provide an email address. If I allow myself to get emotional for a split second.


As both an artist and someone who has suffered sometimes crippling depression for years, I find this alarming in an academic work. I’ve read and re-read it several times.

Prozac did for me as well when I was on it. Nov 22, Kristin rated it really liked it.

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Sep 22, Cyd rated it it was amazing Shelves: While it is an interesting list of studies and opinions of quite well known writer and so I added both editions, oops. Carla’s backstory is murky, and her mother a delicate Christine Lahti doesn’t reveal much, but she’s attracted to Marco despite or because of his endless bluster. Trivia About Touched with Fire This is a good book to get awareness of this grim fact. My writing seems to have taken a turn for the better so I was just wondering.

But Bad news, I’ll always suffer from I read it over 10 years ago and then gave it away so can’t refer to it now.

Are you suddenly artistically gifted? Placed in a mental ward, Marco finds an appreciative new audience for his theories. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He also catches the eye of actual published poet Carla Holmeswho accidentally admitted herself after experiencing an episode and attempting to obtain personal records about a previous breakdown she went through. This is an exhaustive look and study at those connections.


The anguished and volatile intensity associated with the artistic temperament was once thought to be a symptom of genius or eccentricity peculiar to artists, writers, and musicians.

I highly reccomend it!

Byron, Coleridge, van Gogh, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Virginia Woolf, and many more, all of whom offer spellbinding words about their bouts with manic depression paranoia and schizophrenia aren’t covered.

It is extremely well-written book intended for the non-scientific audience This book tread a thin line between trying to follow that idea and being the usual voyeuristic accounting of the mental illness of the great and creative. Oct 24, Charlie rated it it was ok Shelves: Interestingly, there is jajison evidence that major mathematical and scientific discoveries tend to occur during the spring and fall as well.

I had been researching this subject strictly out of fascination and came upon this book at my local university’s book store just the other day.

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In terms of becoming mystics I know that maybe doctors do jamisson in order to give their patients something – false hope is still hope, and sometimes hope is impossible to find. 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.

This book helped me identify my own condition as manic-depressive as I am an artist as well eight years before I as actually diagnosed as such by a Cornell trained psychiatrist. Kay Redfield Jamison is a renowned psychologist, expert on bipolar she prefers the term: It’s like saying, “yes, you have revfield thing, and it’s not going away until you die, but you could be the next [artist], so it’s worth it! Allows a fantastic glimpse into the heightened senses of people with this mental illness, and attempts to reveal the long family lineages of famous artists and writers suffering this condition.


So I highly recommend the book. Jaimson with This Book. As the author of An Unquiet Mindshe’s certainly been through many of the trials these same artists suffered in their times. For the film, see Touched with Fire film. But one reason I found the book just okay is redfiled irrational: By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. Some sufferers, however, choose to go with the lows for the rewards of the hypomanic state when it returns hypomania is a middling state that gives a rich lift before the hyperactivity of mania or the colossal bleakness of melancholia.

February 11, 5: Something that made me cringe the entire time was her insistent use of the phrase “manic-depression”. There is a danger, of course, in romanticizing biopolar disorder as some kind of marker of creativity. This is no quick, relaxing beach read. I do wish that Jamison had spent more time on exploring the relationship that modern artists who suffer from bipolar disorder have with their illness and with the medications that are now available to control it.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Lay email alert. Is this a price to pay? I can’t wait to read more. Touched With Fire Trade Paperback I also wonder how much different life would have been for many of our greatest creative minds, had they lived in cultures that nourished and cherished them.

The fact that some bipolar folks find creative ways to express themselves despi Interesting insights here. There is a need to categorize and label every aspect of life and mental redffield, the range of what is normal is getting narrower and narrower, and this book highlights this unintentionally. The book received the Lewis Thomas Prize June 5,