death for breakfast

Vincent van Gogh - Branches with Almond Blossom (1890)
Although many writers had had periods of significant depression, mania, or hypomania, they were consistently appealing, entertaining, and interesting people. They had led interesting lives, and they enjoyed telling me about them as much as I enjoyed hearing about them. Mood disorders tend to be episodic, characterized by relatively brief periods of low or high mood lasting weeks to months, interspersed with long periods of normal mood (known as euthymia to us psychiatrists). All the writers were euthymic at the time that I interviewed them, and so they could look back on their periods of depression or mania with considerable detachment. They were also able to describe how abnormalities in mood state affected their creativity. Consistently, they indicated that they were unable to be creative when either depressed or manic.
The relationship between creativity and mental illness – a fascinating study based on writers from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Kurt Vonnegut was among the subjects.

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Flowers dipped in liquid nitrogen and then smashed.

Christy Turlington by Patrick Demarchelier for US Harper’s Bazaar September 1993

Shilpa GuptaI want to live with no fearPrinted balloons, 2010
I still get very high and very low in life. Daily. But I’ve finally accepted the fact that sensitive is just how I was made, that I don’t have to hide it and I don’t have to fix it. I’m not broken.
Glennon Doyle Melton’s Lessons from the Mental Hospital Ted Talk

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Cecil Bostock (1884-1939)
 Untitled, Belgium, circa 1918-1919