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

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 and depression bring to the creative mix. Drawing from forty-five years experience in the arts, Castle shares first-hand knowledge, tools, and resources to help both aspiring and professional “creatives” affected by mood disorders overcome challenges and move forward. Illuminating and inspiring, Castle's new book helps artists of all types deal with depressive droughts and manic floods. With sensitivity and grace, Castle explains how “creatives” can tap their talents to recover their lives. Readers will learn how to: manage medications and treatment without thwarting creativity; find focus; set daily, weekly, and monthly goals; develop self-esteem and independence; use their creative talents to generate income.

Examining the Flow
The Creative/"Crazy" Connection: An Introductionp. 3
The Faucet of Creativity: Experiences of the Connectionp. 15
Research on the Connection: Authorities' Viewpointsp. 25
Taking the Plunge
Clearing Creative Clogsp. 45
Choosing Your Focus and Setting Your Goalsp. 67
Supporting Creativity by Handling the Basicsp. 87
Scheduling Creative Timep. 111
Shoring Up Your Skillsp. 131
Finding and Organizing Your Creative Spacep. 153
Staying Afloat Financiallyp. 171
Managing Creative Projects Productivelyp. 189
Promoting Yourself and Your Creative Workp. 205
Communicating and Collaborating Effectivelyp. 225
Starting and Running Your Own Creative Businessp. 245
Creative Life Toolkitp. 263
Resourcesp. 279
Notesp. 284
Annotated Bibliographyp. 289
Acknowledgmentsp. 298
Indexp. 300
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ISBN: 9781569243404
ISBN-10: 1569243409
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 1st October 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3