- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1 edition (August 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573922412
- ISBN-13: 978-1573922418
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manic Depression and Creativity Paperback – Illustrated, August 1, 1998
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I might have excused all that if the information had been valuable (it was quite old hat) or if the prose had been particularly eloquent (it wasn't) or if there had been anything really interesting about the book. I ordered it hoping to add to my own understanding of my creativity. I was disappointed.
There are much better books on this subject. Check out Kay Redfield Jamison's Touched With Fire.
I was disappointed in the paucity of citations, creating difficulty in determining what statements were the opinion of the authors' or statements that were supported by other authors or research. The bibliography was disappointing. I found the Jamison book on creativity to be much more thourough.
All that aside, I like reading it.
After reading this book, my interest in the subjects -- of these specific historical characters and of the psychiatric relationship of genius to mood disorder -- was most assuredly heightened. I'd qualify this book as appropriate for any level of scholarship. It's entertaining, informative and contains some profoundly original thoughts, which are always a pleasure to encounter.
My one great criticism of the book is based on the Dr.'s wholesale endorsement of psychotropic drug therapy which I find to be a little professionally self-serving and irresponsible coming from a profession mired in misdiagnoses that labors under gross inaccuracies proliferated at the academic publish-or-perish research journal level and, in their compounded professional ignorance, they rely on patently dangerous drug-based therapies as all-encompassing Panaceas, which they are not.
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i bought this book as a reference for a paper i'm writing. it has stories of many creative geniuses and their troubled lives.Published 22 months ago by christine
I really enjoyed this book, and it definitely reinforced the "gifted" spin on my bipolar diagnosis, although I realize it doesn't make us all Beethovens and Van Goghs. Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by Donna L. Hanlon
I ordered the book. I paid for the book. I learned the place that was to sell me the book didn't have the book. I was given a credit for my order. Read morePublished on September 26, 2009 by Sarah Krebs
The book came quickly and was in the condition I expected it to be. Very pleased.Published on August 18, 2009 by Denver dame
By far, this is one of the best books I've read on manic depression. I should know -I'm a PhD-MD cannidate at the university that is the brother school to the college (sister... Read morePublished on April 28, 2005 by AdderallThereIz?