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Celebrities with Psychological Disorders Assignment LibGuide

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Finding Books

Here is a list of books at Delta College Library with "case studies" of celebrities and non-celebrities with different psychological disorders.

  • A brilliant madness: living with manic-depressive illness. RC 516 .D85 1993. Biography of Patty Duke.           
  • Creativity and madness: new findings and old stereotypes. BF 408 .R682 1994   
  • Divine madness: ten stories of creative struggle. RC 465 .K68 2006. The ten stories are about Sylvia Plath, Judy Garland, Mark Rothko, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Charles Mingus, Vaslav Nijinsky, Marilyn Monroe, Lenny Bruce, and Brian Wilson.
  • Genius and the mind: studies of creativity and temperament. BF 412 .G435 1998. This book covers a few celebrities such as Lord Byron and Mozart. Look at the index. 
  • Howard Hughes: his life and madness. CT 275 .H6678 B37
  • Manic depression and creativity. BF 423 .H474 1998. Among the people covered in this book are Beethoven, Dickens, Newton, and Van Gogh.   
  • The Price of greatness: resolving the creativity and madness controversy. BF 423 .L83 1995
  • Touched with fire: manic-depressive illness and the artistic temperament. RC 516 .J36 1994. Use the index and the various lists in the back of the book.    
  • Understanding creativity. BF 408 .P87 2004. Take a look at the table of contents and the index. Pages 196 and 197 will provide a chart of poets and writers with depression or manic depression. Some chapters, such as chapter seven, will mention psychopathology of celebrities.


PLEASE NOTE: Your teacher may allow you to find a "case study" on any person, NOT just a celebrity. Please check with your teacher. If that is true, then some students find the following books very helpful. The following books are located at the Reserve Desk (Circulation Desk) under Professor Susan Harvey's name:

  • Case Studies in Abnormal Behavior
  • Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology
  • Casebook of Psychological Disorders


Finding Topic Overviews

The following books provide an OVERVIEW on a variety of disorders / diseases. 

  • Current: Medical Diagnosis and Treatment. Ref. RC 71 .A14 2013.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Six volumes. Ref. RC 41 .G35 2011.
  • Harrison's Manual of Medicine. Ref. RC 46 .H333 2013.
  • The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. Rahway, NJ: Merck; 2011. Ref. RC 55 .M4 2011.

Can't Find the Books You Need?

  • Search the book catalog and request a book from another library in the Valley Consortium. 
  •  It may take up to five business days for the book to arrive - figure that into your planning.
  • Try searching MELCat - over 9 million titles are listed - and allow up to two weeks for book to arrive.
  • There are even more places to search!  See your campus librarian <link here> for assistance.

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