It isn’t coincidence that so many creative people also suffer from mooddisorders. The same emotional sensitivity that causes us so much painwhen we react strongly to even minute changes in our internal and externalenvironment also allows us to have a special sensitivity to the humancondition. “We of the craft are all crazy,” remarked Lord Byron abouthimself and his fellow poets. “Some are affected by gaiety, others bymelancholy, but all are more or less touched.”
In her book
Touched by Fire
, author Kay Redfield Jamison, offers an in-depth look at the connection between the artistic temperament and mood.Some of the most well-known men and women in the arts have sufferedfrom mood disorders as well as creating some of the most important art of our times. Many of my favorite poets and writers are included: HansChristian Andersen, Honore de Balzac, John Berryman, Samuel Clemens(Mark Twain), Joseph Conrad, Hart Crane, Charles Dickens, EmilyDickinson, Isak Dinesen, T.S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, WilliamFaulker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Herman Hesse, Victor Hugo, Henry James,William James, John Keats, Robert Lowell, Herman Melville, EugeneO’Neil, Edgar Allan Poe, Ezra Pound, Mary Shelley, Robert LouisStevenson, Dylan Thomas, Leo Tolstoy, Walt Whitman, TennesseeWilliams, Mary Wollencraft, Virginia Woolf, and Emile Zola.