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Touched with Fire Quotes by Kay Redfield Jamison

An Atlas of Depression. Some of the anecdotes from bipolar artists, poets, and writers were pretty interesting, but what I was hoping for were answers, or at least conclusions of some sort. 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.

Something that made me cringe the entire time was her insistent use of the phrase “manic-depression”. Jamison herself does not romanticise any of the painful lives she writes about.

Lord Tennyson In the case of Lord Tennyson: And I wanted to read this before watching the movie, I also wanted to read the author’s work again, so I downloaded the book without research. Keats and so on.

Indeed, Sir Walter Scott, when discussing Byron’s mind, commented: Lithium and newer drugs, she explains, often dampen creative highs while relieving victims of turmoil and suicidal lows, but calm periods at optimum serum blood levels may allow longer, more productive periods of creativity. Although these changes in mood and behavior were dramatic and disruptive when they occurred, it is important to note that Byron was clinically normal most of the time; this, too, is highly characteristic of manic-depressive illness.

I personally do not suffer from manic-depression but know many talented people who do.

Highly recommend everything she has written for anyone living with manic-depressive illness a. The book approaches also medication and new alternatives for treating the malady gene therapy, namely.


Touched With Fire

Another brilliant book about bipolar disorder and other mood disorders by Dr. If you enjoy poetry or are interested in the lives of poets and writers, this is a fascinating study. Famous Writers on Art, Mood, and Melancholy. Lord Byron had bold, expensive moods, a predisposition to grief, chameleon like-qualities; witj drinking and rages.

Jamison is eloquent and moving when writing about her own illness, but she doesn’t do it here. Jun 15, Julia rated it it was amazing. Jamison’s research is nuanced and fascinating, causing us to reconsider how we view both redfueld society’s tendency to medicate and the possibility that madness can be channeled into something productive. Good news, Now I know how to contain the situation and somehow it’s part of being who I am and temperamental with Art Though all the people mentioned in the book are really the greatest and there’s no comparison of course, but illness doesn’t choose I think it’s brilliant with all the backgrounds and the back-ups statics Most people who suffer from manic-depressive and depressive illness are not unusually creative, and they reap few benefits from their experiences of mania and depression; even those who are highly creative usually seek relief from their suffering.

February 11, 5: The statistics for mental health problems in poets especially, as opposed to the rest of the populous, are alarming.

Indeed, autumn has been seen firf many artist as their most inspiring season. For all its esoteric charm and good, it really is to narrow minded it seems.

The anguished and volatile intensity associated with the artistic temperament was once resfield to be a symptom of genius or eccentricity peculiar to artists, writers, and musicians. I personally am not, and I was a bit concerned.

Dalio’s film mirrors the disorder of his protagonists.


Some of the anecdotes from bipolar artists, poets, and writers were pretty interesting, but what I was hoping for were answers, I had heard that Dr Jamison has a tendency to romanticise mood disorders, but I didn’t understand how true that was until I read this book.

The one common element of these people? More significantly, neither protagonist seems like they’re benefiting creatively from their mania—at least, not on the level of the artists to whom the film is dedicated and to whose genius the characters clearly aspire. Jamison presents proof of the biological foundations of this disease and applies what is known about the illness to the lives and works of some of the world’s greatest artists including Lord Byron, Vincent Oay Gogh, and Virginia Woolf. Bipolar disorder, along with various other mental illnesses, has long been perceived as an mysterious yet threatening disease, which manifests in extremes of temperament; – ranging from ecstatic highs, to debilitating lows, often seasonal in nature.


A stronger distinction was made between sane melancholies of high achievement and individuals whose insanity prevented them fite using their ability. An inordinate amount of confusion about whether someone does or does not have manic-depressive illness stems from the popular misconception that irrationality of mood and reason are stable rather than fluctuating features of the disease.

Touched with Fire – Wikipedia

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Her work, based on her study as a clinical psychologist and researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists subject to exalted highs and jamisom lows were in fact engaged in a struggle with clinically identifiable manic-depressive illness. Mood disorder F30—F39 But the mad can become great artists.

But one reason I found the book just okay is rather irrational: 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. The extensive family histories of various well-known poets, writers, painters, and artists gathered here are almost worth the list price by themselves.

But in attempting to distill such findings into a small-scale human narrative, the film that bears her book’s name reduces itself to lines like, “Think about if you would’ve medicated Van Gogh.