“Touched With Fire”: Moods and the Creative Mind
I’ve stolen the title of this chapter from the book “Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament,” by Kay Redfield Jamison.
Lots of people ask me whether there is a relationship between various mood disorders and ADD. There most definitely is. Big mood swings in particular seem to be the norm, at least for those who I speak to on this site. Some ADDers are misdiagnosed with manic depression because ADHD looks similar to mild manic episodes. A very high percentage of diagnosed ADDers experience bouts of depression and/or anxiety, and a few have been diagnosed as ADD with manic depression. Since Born To Explore is about positive and alternative views of ADD, I want to focus on why these conditions may be present in populations. A very high percentage of eminent writers, artists, inventors, explorers and other people which have changed the course of human history were considered either extremely moody, were manic depressive, or suffered from bouts of unipolar depression. There is not, however, any link between schizophrenia and such people. In the past, extreme episodes of mania were often confused with schizophrenia, leading some to believe there was a connection.
via Touched With Fire.