Poets on Prozac Mental Illness Treatment and the Creative Process

Poets on Prozac Mental Illness Treatment and the Creative Process[KINDLE] ❆ Poets on Prozac Mental Illness Treatment and the Creative Process Author Richard M. Berlin – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Poets on Prozac shatters the notion that madness fuels creativity by giving voice to contemporary poets who have battled myriad psychiatric disorders including depression schizophrenia post traumatic Poets on Prozac shatters the notion that Prozac Mental PDF Î madness fuels creativity by giving voice to contemporary poets who have battled myriad psychiatric disorders including depression schizophrenia post traumatic stress disorder and substance abuseThe sixteen essays collected here address many provocative uestions Does emotional distress inspire great work Is artistry enhanced or diminished by mental illness What effect does substance abuse have on esthetic vision Do psychoactive medications impinge on Poets on Epub / ingenuity Can treatment enhance inherent talents or does relieving emotional pain shut off the creative processFeaturing examples of each contributor’s poetry before during and after treatment this original and thoughtful collection finally puts to rest the idea that a tortured soul is one’s finest muse. For years the cornerstone study of artists and emotional disorder been Kay Redfield Jamison's TOUCHED BY FIRE which consigns its subjects from Byron to Plath to bipolar disease How much sensible and refreshing to hear those labelled as anxious depressed or manic speak for themselves  Of particular interest to local readers will be Andrew Hudgins’s “Chemical Zen”  Hudgins says what many of his brother and sister poets collected in Berlin’s book do chemical intervention has not made them less or creative or prolific Medication’s gift is allowing for a open and relaxed means of living leading to a creativity that is generous in regard to the world freed from the tics and constraints we all develop to some degree functioning in an environment that has us all “crazybusy” and on permanent sensory overload Chase Twichell's essay here is also highly to be commended for its clarity and candorSince writing this brief review for the TENNESSEAN before it ceased it publish book reviews I have discovered some uotations I wrote to aid in the writing of the original piece I include these below not only to add to this item but also in hopes that others might find help therein and wish to read POETS ON PROZAC itself which possesses a resonance I believe extends much farther than the confines of the poetry communityImplicit in poetry is the notion that we are deepened by heartbreak that we are not so much diminished as enlarged by grief by our refusal to vanish to let others vanish without leaving a verbal record  Edward HirschFirst of all new mothers' senses are acute an adaptive strategy to increase the chances of an infant's survival  Also they're hardwired to protect their infants causing the rapid and steady release of adrenalin  This adrenalin releaseoften leads to sleeplessness and a greater risk of anxiety attacksThis is probably why non Western cultures pampered and protected new mothers in the calm and uiet of their houses during the first month after giving birth  While 'doing the month' female friends and midwives assisted the new mothers with household tasks ensuring social seclusion and a mandated rest period recognizing her vulnerability and state of transition into the motherhood role New mothers in other lands were surroundd by their grandmoms mommies a whole cache of aunties   Martha Silano In the Country of MotherhoodDepression steals the voice  Silence breeds depression  Depression breeds silence  assisted by my changed brain chemistryI learn to wait in the silence instead of fighting it I experience it as a friend instead of enemy  I gain the focus and follow through to discover the exact words and images to express what I want to say  This comes with experience as a writer the you write the you read the you learn and I also attribute my increase in sensibillity to medication which makes me less driven willing to wait  The opposite of instant gratification that horrible need to feel better and feel it now the bane of addicts and depressives everywhere  Liza Porter Bruce Springsteen Sang to Me Reading and trying to write poetry at age nineteen was thrilling isolating and addictive both stimulant and narcotic  It was my first drug  I mean that uite literally  My energy level rises sharply  Tea which I have consumed in large uantities since childhood produces a very similar state and I so associate the two that I am unable to write without a cup of it nearby Chase Twichell This book is actually amazing so far As a poet who has suffered mental eccentricities it's really interesting to read about other people's experiences with depression bipolar disorder and PTSD Before I got really sick I do think I in a lot of ways conuered my own PTSD through poetry and it's nice to read that someone else had the same experience I definitely am attracted to the essays that promote therapy andor medication or therapy and poetry as a combination to the ones that treat mental illness as a gift since so many truly great people have suffered and who consider the mental illness as part of their creative process When I was sick I wrote some things that I think are really clever andor beautiful in a painful way but I wrote a lot of shit to get there And I like the stuff I've written better since I have sought treatment i hate this book already so phew i don't have to read it poetry and psychomedication should never mix except1 when the poet takes psychomedication in the privacy of her home or the publicity of the coffee shop the library the psychiatric ward etc in private ingestive acts having all to do with her personal needs and nothing to do with the words that issue from her fingers words exist independently of the poet's personal needs however profound such needs might feel to the poet and connected to the creative act she engages in2 when psychomedication appears in the poet's own ironic and winkingly mockingly self deprecatory bio on the back cover of her book but not or hardly ever at the bottom of her magazine or journal published poem where it would most likely fail to be recognized as mocking and ironic and be read as serious3 when psychomedication appears in the poet's poetry where words beat to the heartbeat of their own drum and drum a tune on the kitchen table but do not ever act as apologetic advertisements for pharmaceutical companies enticements to the ministration of a probably well remunerated psychiatrist or circumstantial evidential support of dubious scientific theories these are the only cases when poetry and psychomedication can mix all other cases are dubious and spurious and silly and should be obstructed with the sternest determination the end This collection of essays was alternately resonant and esoteric I found myself relating to a lot of the depressive accounts of these poets but at the same time remembering that I'm not particularly a poetry fanatic Some of the poems were so obliue as to have their relevance lost on me This made reading the essays rather less satisfying than I would have liked However a lot of the success stories of these mostly middle aged poets were very hopeful and inspiring In sum though I would have liked to read from different types of artists with mental illnesses not just poets This book was surprisingly enjoyable The essays were well selected and comprehensively explored mental health treatment in relation to creativity This is an amazing book and even so for poets who struggle with mental illness

Poets on Prozac Mental Illness Treatment and the Creative
  • Hardcover
  • 200 pages
  • Poets on Prozac Mental Illness Treatment and the Creative Process
  • Richard M. Berlin
  • English
  • 13 October 2015
  • 9780801888397