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Finding Your Bipolar Muse: How to Master Depressive Droughts and Manic Floods and Access Your Creative Power

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Do creativity and mental illness truly go hand in hand, as many people believe? Or are all creative artists a bit "crazy"? Do psychotropic medications cause creative droughts? Are suffering and deprivation necessary for creative work? Or is there a better approach? Lana Castle draws from research, interviews, surveys, and her own experience to examine what bipolar disorder...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 2nd 2006 by Da Capo Press (first published October 1st 2006)
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Katheter, all the world's a.
This book might help those who are well and truly stabilized, on meds, and looking for a way to channel a specific, marketable talent into a manageable career while maintaing crucial self-care.

As a highly disorganized bipolar person who wants desperately to maintain a good writing and art studies schedule, let alone to remember to eat when manic or shower when depressed, this work overwhelms me. Too much unchecked manic energy comes howling out of its pages. Castle is thorough in covering all su...more
Debbie Hoskins
The cover is really cool. There's a lot of great advice in here. Like if you are in 12 step groups and need to be on medication. You need to be on medication. There is a reason why I am paying my doctor, but of course when I'm in a mood my doctor doesn't know what they're doing. There are a lot of charts, which might be great, but it got me very depressed when all I was doing was sitting on the couch reading bi-polar books.
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Closer to a 3.5. Covers basics like addressing gaps in resumes [been there], interpersonal relations [working on it. Found it in other tomes.]. Did help to put how much time I'm spending on stuff and the gentle reminder of how many hours a day I'm at my day job, sleeping and how little time I've carved out for creative persuits.
Claire
This is a fantastic book for anybody who needs help re-focusing and finding their creativity. I had become lost behind un-diagnosed bipolar. After I was diagnosed this was the second book I bought and it helped me learn to focus mania into a more creative stream and pulls self through depression in much the same way.

It took several years for me to find a routine that works for me both lifestyle and meds, what this book did was encourage me to rediscover my passion for music and writing and to t...more
Rachel
I found this book to be very informative and I would recommend it to anyone with a mood disorder.
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