About the Authors

Frederick K. Goodwin is Research Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center and Director of the Center on Neuroscience, Medical Progress, and Society at the George Washington University Medical Center. Prior to his current position he was Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and prior to that he held a presidential appointment as head of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration. He joined the NIMH in 1965 and has become an internationally recognized authority in the research and treatment of major depression and manic-depressive illness. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and serves on the editorial boards of key scientific journals, including Bipolar Disorder, Archives of General Psychiatry, and the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. The recipient of the major research and leadership awards in his field, Dr. Goodwin was elected President of the Psychiatric Research Society in 1998. He has authored or co-authored over 470 publications and is one of five psychiatrists on the Current Contents list of the most frequently cited scientists in the world, and one of 12 psychiatrists listed in The Best Doctors in the U.S. He is the founding host of the weekly nationwide public radio program, "The Infinite Mind", the most popular health show on public radio.

Kay Redfield Jamison is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She is also Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is co-author of the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness, which was chosen in 1990 as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers, and author of Touched with Fire, An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, and Exuberance. Dr. Jamison has written more than 100 scientific articles about mood disorders, suicide, creativity, and lithium. Her memoir, An Unquiet Mind, which chronicles her own experience with manic-depressive illness, was cited by several major publications as one of the best books of 1995. It was on The New York Times bestseller list for five months and translated into twenty languages. Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide was a national bestseller and selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 1999. Her most recent book, Exuberance: The Passion for Life, was selected by The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of 2004 and by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of the year. Dr. Jamison is the recipient of numerous national and international scientific awards, including a MacArthur Award.

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