If Irene Coates had spent a tiny fraction of the time reading about manic-depressive
illness that she devoted to wallowing in Bloomsburiana, she might have sensed the thinness of her theory.
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Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is herself a manic-depressive patient.
Only a patient could so exquisitely describe the roller-coaster life and the helplessness to control emotions that manic-depressive patients endure.
SerVaas: You mention in your book that it is hard for someone, even for a physician who isn't a manic-depressive, to understand the problem as well as one who is.
The interesting thing is that there is so much overlap between alcoholism and depression and manic-depressive
Thus, for example, the inclusion of a Manic-Depressiveness scale in the battery meant that the relation between manic-depression and creative personality could be tested, not only by comparing normals with manic-depressives, but also by examining the correlations between the scales measuring each variable.
The second sample consisted of manic-depressives (most currently well), the majority of them diagnosed by a psychiatrist or trained counselor and recruited with the help of a local self-help organization.
Thus, one would predict that manic-depressives would score higher than the other two groups on the Manic-Experience, Depressive-Experience, Manic-Depressiveness scale, and the Hypomania scale, whereas schizophrenics ought to obtain the highest mean score on the Magical Ideation scales (both Full and Reduced).
Just the rate of manic-depressive illness is probably higher there.
And one of the things that has been very nice is that - at least in some situations - I feel that there has been more public discussion about manic-depressive illness than there was before.
Presently, the Dana Foundation is funding a study of genetics of manic-depressive illness that is a collaborative research program between Johns Hopkins, Stanford University, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.