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PSYC 451 - Psychology of Abnormal Behavior - Chapter 7

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While still in college, Sylvia Plath plummeted into depression and was hospitalized and treated with shock therapy. The poet made multiple suicide attempts before eventually succeeding in 1963.

Ezra Pound was placed in a hospital for the criminally insane following his 1945 arrest for treason. During his 13-year stint at the hospital, he was formally diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder.

For Leo Tolstoy, rumination — a cornerstone of major depressive disorder — accounted for his evolving ideas on philosophy, life and art. Correlation studies show that both those in the creative arts and those with depressive disorder spend an inordinate amount of time contemplating their own distress. At one extreme point, Tolstoy even considered himself a moral failure because he lacked the courage to commit suicide

Virginia Woolf had her first bout with depression at the age of 15, battling it throughout her life — even being hospitalized in 1904 to treat the illness. Her creativity was frequently compromised by intermittent mood swings punctuated by sleeplessness, migraines and auditory and visual hallucinations.

Ernest Hemingway - Depression, borderline and narcissistic personality traits, bipolar disorder and, later, psychosis coalesced to create Hemingway's personal hell. Rather than turning to physicians or therapists for help, Hemingway used alcohol, engaged in risk-taking sportsmanship activities and wrote to cope. The author's mental and physical health deteriorated so rapidly during the last years of his life — primarily due to alcoholism