Clouds and silver linings: Positive experiences associated with primary affective disorders

K. R. Jamison, R. H. Gerner, C. Hammen, C. Padesky

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Abstract

Clinical psychiatry has focused almost entirely on the psychopathology of the affective disorders. The authors studied responses of 61 patients (35 bipolar, 26 unipolar) to questions about perceived short- and long-term benefits (increased sensitivity, sexuality, productivity, creativity, and social outgoingness) they attributed to their affective illness. Bipolar patients strongly indicated positive experiences associated with manic-depressive illness; few unipolar patients perceived their disorder in such a way. Significant sex differences emerged in the attributions made by bipolar patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-202
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume137
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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