Sunday, May 08, 2016

Interesting perspective …

… How poetry helps us understand mental illness | PBS NewsHour.

I believe that the use of lithium carbonate for treatment of bipolar disorder came about from a study that indicated that places where there was a shortage of lithium in the soil or water had high incidences of bipolar disorder. That would suggest that bipolar disorder is a physical illness with behavioral and psychological symptoms. Of course, maybe all "mental" illnesses are such.


  1. Madness in the New Poetry: "Is it only coincidence that poetry in the last two decades has come into the full uses of madness as of an instrument?"

  2. The Mad Poets Society: “McLean Hospital, in Massachusetts, was for years America's most literary mental institution, a place that Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, and Anne Sexton knew well”

  3. Hat tip to A.M. Juster for the links.