The Janus gift: Manic depression and creativity

Mosaic depicting theatrical masks of tragedy and comedy, 2nd century AD, from Rome (© Wikimedia)

A person with bipolar disorder or manic depression typically can experience mood swings between extreme happiness and the deepest hell. This thoroughly treatable condition is the subject of a widely read and highly praised book, “An Unquiet Mind”, by Kay Redfield Jamison. She and others who live with manic depression are the guests in this programme. And we ask whether there is a link between manic depression and the immense creativity of some of the many famous artists and performers who are bipolar.

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: January 12, 2003