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

by Lana R. Castle (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Castle has penned an upbeat,
insider's guidebook for those faced with a similar set of circumstances.
Considering the disorder's potential for creative and artistic output, Castle
offers sound advice for managing the illness while establishing a creative
career. Castle stresses the importance of physical health and its link with
mental health, insisting that "you simply can't reach your creative potential if
you ignore what sustains your body through the day and night." Drawing from
personal experience and interviews with other bipolar artists, Castle provides
practical strategies for coping and thriving, like her rules for bipolar
"success," a prescriptive outline for sleep, nutritious meals, emotional support
and "crisis planning." In the section dedicated to "finding and organizing your
creative space," Castle explains the need to minimize distraction with a calm,
clean work space. For those using their creative talents in a professional
setting, Castle includes an incisive "pro" and "con" list to use when deciding
to reveal one's bipolar diagnosis to potential employers. Castle's informal tone
can grate when it gets overly imperative, but her encouraging tips and
strategies address well the contemporary problems facing bipolar artists.

Library Journal, September 2006
"Offers highly pragmatic examples [and] helpful information...distinctive in its
approach to helping creative readers with bipolar disorder."

Product Details

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Marlowe & Company; 1 edition (September 11, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1569243409



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