Posted by Sean on September 7, 1999, at 17:19:49
In reply to Re: Cyclothymic music / creativity, posted by Yardena on September 3, 1999, at 17:45:38
> Things are better for the most part, but still dragging, especially in reaction to "stuff" that happens. When at work, I am fine these days. At home (long holiday weekend, especially) it is hard.
> BTW, what do the PET scans of depressed brains look like?
The PET scans of a depressed person appear to
have very little color and what is there looks
kind of bluish. These are artificial colors that
relate to glucose activity (the old brain pretty
much runs on pure sugar...) When I'm depressed I
simply can't *think*; when I'm hypomanic I can't
stop thinking! The hypomanic brain is all lit up
like a christmas tree. These images look pretty much
like it feels. I saw them in the book "Manic
Depressive Illness" by Kay Jamison. This book,
by the way, is incredible and I recommend either
looking at it in the library, or flat out buying
it (I think I paid about $70 at Amazon) because
there is so much information in it you will want
to read all of it and have it as a reference.