Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is herself a manic-depressive patient.
Jamison: There is nothing like that demonstrated for manic-depressive illness.
SerVaas: You mention in your book that it is hard for someone, even for a physician who isn't a manic-depressive, to understand the problem as well as one who is.
That's certainly true, and there are certain kinds of manic-depressive illness where you have generally more euphoria in your manias and certain other patterns within the illness itself in which you're more likely to respond to lithium.
These pertain to the small interview study of 37 manic-depressives.
Though, as in the previous analyses-by-item, group differences were not significant in claims to have experienced precognition or contemporaneous ESP, 37% of schizophrenics reported seeing the dead, as opposed to about 19% of students and manic-depressives ([[chi].
Of the schizophrenics, 43% claimed to have had this experience, with manic-depressives being close behind at 39%, whereas only 24% of the students had ever felt so convinced ([[Chi].
It may be, perhaps, of anecdotal interest that of all the 365 subjects in this experiment, just two of them responded to the Comments section at the end of the questionnaire by writing a poem, and that both of them were manic-depressives with Creative Personality scores at or above their group mean.
It is likely that the presence of any of several distinctly different defective genes may predispose an individual toward manic-depressive illness, possibly through different biological mechanisms," Freimer said.
This is because the presence of a gene is unlikely to predict accurately the appearance of manic-depressive illness, and because carrying such a gene could become unnecessarily stigmatizing.
Even though the biological basis for manic-depressive illness is unknown, drugs are available that can dampen mood swings.
After seven years of exhaustive effort to find a gene that could put individuals at risk for severe manic-depressive illness (termed BP-I), the research team has narrowed the search to a small region of the human genetic map containing an estimated 50 genes, they say.