Jamison, Kay R - Touched with Fire_ Manic-Depressive Illness & Artistic Temperament (Free Press, 1993).pdf

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Kay Redfield Jamison - Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament (Free Press, 1993).

ISBN: 0029160030 | 384 pages | PDF

The anguished, volatile intensity we associate with the artistic temperament has often been thought to have much in common with the experience of manic-depressive illness, both characterized by despairing low and exalting highs. Dr. Jamison draws on her work as a psychiatrist to artists and writers, in addition to what we know about the lives of Van Gogh, Schubert, Byron and Virginia Woolf among others, to explore the literary, biographical and scientific evidence for the connection between manic-depressive illness and artistic activity. She also examines the cultural implications of this perceived connection between artistic temperament and mood disorders. She advocates a restrained, humanistic approach to the treatment of manic-depressive illness which seeks to preserve the artistic energy that is often its concomitant.

About the Author

Kay Redfield Jamison is the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center and a member of the governing board of the National Network of Depression Centers. She is also Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and the author of the national best sellers An Unquiet Mind and Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, as well as of Exuberance and Nothing Was the Same. Dr. Jamison is the coauthor of the standard medical text on bipolar illness, ManicΓÇôDepressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression, and the recipient of numerous national and international literary and scientific honors, including a MacArthur Award.


For Kay Redfield Jamison's bestselling "Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide" (1999), see http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/8320451/
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