Review: Touched with Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison

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Reading about depression and manic depression is not simple or easy, especially for those whose lives have been touched by the devastation these disorders often bring.  Many of us choose to avoid topics that are controversial or painful to deal with.  Yet, there is something to be said for those willing to delve into complicated issues.  After all, becoming more aware is the first step to managing or accepting the most difficult struggles we face in life.  Professor of Mood Disorders and sufferer of manic depressive illness, Kay Redfield Jamison, spends much of her time learning, growing, and helping others face challenges they encounter due to mental health problems.  Her non-fiction text, Touched with Fire, is a well-written, intricately detailed  analysis and explanation about the emotional  and physical struggles faced by some of the most famous artists in history. In an intimate manner, Jamison conveys accounts of the…

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