Manic Depression and Creativity

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Prometheus Books, 1998 - Psychology - 230 pages
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Many recognized geniuses had creative capacities that were driven by bouts of manic intensity followed by the depths of mind-numbing despair. From Plato, who originated the idea of inspired mania, to Beethoven, Dickens, Newton, Van Gogh, and today's popular creative artists and scientists who've battled manic depression, this intriguing work examines creativity and madness in mystery, myth, and history. Demonstrating how manic depression often becomes the essential difference between talent and genius, Hershman and Lieb offer valuable insights into the many obstacles and problems this illness poses for highly creative people. Lieb critiques the wave of new books on depression as well as those on creativity to determine how far we have come in our understanding of this complex illness.

The authors also explode the myth that suffering is essential to creativity. Guides for the manic depressive are suggested to reduce emotional pain and personal problems while increasing productivity.

Julian Lieb, a psychiatrist in private practice and former director of the Dana Psychiatric Clinic at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and D. Jablow Hershman authored Brotherhood of Tyrants: Manic Depression and Absolute Power.

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User Review  - Veroincasong - LibraryThing

This book tells me another aspect of people who are famous which is, most people will surprisingly found that, behind success there is more suffer and experience. And it includes some normal characters for creativity, so very helpful and vivid manual book for psychology learning. Read full review

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User Review  - Amy Katherine Brown - Goodreads

This was a very interesting book. Part biographical, part historical and part psychological!! I had no idea that such famous and great ppl of our time and earlier suffered so from manic-depression. I ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
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A Dissection of Genius
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ManicDepression
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Lieb is a psychiatrist in private practice and former director of the Dana Psychiatric Clinic at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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