Touched With Fire

Touched With Fire

Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

Book - 1994
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"The anguished, volatile intensity we associate with the artistic temperament, often described as "a fine madness," has been thought of as a defining aspect of much artistic genius. Now, Kay Jamison's brilliant work, based on years of studies as a clinical psychologist and prominent researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists who were subject to alternatingly exultant and then melancholic moods were, in fact, engaged in a lifelong struggle with manic-depressive illness."
Publisher: New York : Free Press Paperbacks, 1994
Edition: 1st Free Press paperback ed
ISBN: 9780684831831
Branch Call Number: 616.895 J32t
Characteristics: xii, 370 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Jun 19, 2018

This is very good for those who are trying to understand creative family members. It is a bit technical, so if you have no psychology schooling, you may need some real quiet time to digest this one. It may be enlightening for some of us creative people to realize that other members of the family may be having issues, but hiding them. This can be why some families are surprised when a family member commits suicide. Keep an eye on the ones who are sleeping way too much, they could be deeply depressed. Alternately, the ones who are only sleeping a few hours per night or frequently skipping sleep can also be on their way to insanity. Go with them to a therapy session, even if you have to let them think it is all your problem. They might like the therapist! Then you can let them go to therapy on their own.

Jul 28, 2013

Anyone who has ever struggled with mental illness or loved someone who has should read this. It's scary, and empowering. It is a fun read; at times highly entertaining yet, like the disease itself, it can be incredibly sad.

Dec 16, 2012

Tried to make sense of this. Hoping to come back to it and try again.


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