Manic depression in literature: the case of Virginia Woolf

  title={Manic depression in literature: the case of Virginia Woolf},
  author={Katerina Koutsantoni},
  journal={Medical Humanities},
  pages={14 - 7}
The steady growth of the discipline of medical humanities has facilitated better understanding of the symptoms and signs of mental health conditions and the feelings of the humans experiencing them. In this project, the arts have been seen as enabling re-engagement of the practitioner with the patient's own perceptions and feelings. With respect to the association between creativity and bipolar disorder in particular, work within medical humanities has meant that mentally ill creative… 

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  • Art
    Analyses/Rereadings/Theories: A Journal Devoted to Literature, Film and Theatre
  • 2020
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  • 2020

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  • Thomas C. Caramagno
  • Psychology, Art
    PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
  • 1988
Although recent scientific discoveries about the genetic and biochemical components of manic-depressive psychosis have radically revised our understanding of the etiology and psychodynamics of this

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  • D. Flynn
  • Psychology
    Medical Humanities
  • 2010
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Creativity and Psychopathology a Study of 291 World-Famous Men

  • F. Post
  • Psychology, Medicine
    British Journal of Psychiatry
  • 1994
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