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Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison wrote in her book Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, she said “Symptoms consistent with mania, depression, and mixed states are evident in the descriptions of Byron given by his physicians, friends, and Byron himself. His mood fluctuations were extreme, ranging from the suicidally melancholic to the irritable, volatile, violent, and expansive. ‘’


Lady Caroline Lamb famously described Lord Byron as ''mad, bad and dangerous to know''

Bipolar course





Lord Byron attended Cambridge University, where he is said to have exhibited symptoms of mania, such as excessive spending and grandiose thinking. He also had several episodes of depression during this period, including feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness.

Lord Byron lived in self-imposed exile due to a scandal involving his private life. During this time, he wrote some of his most famous works, including the epic poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage." He also suffered from episodes of depression and irritability, and engaged in impulsive behaviors such as excessive drinking and gambling

Lord Byron traveled to Greece to support the Greek War of Independence. Despite initially feeling a sense of purpose and excitement about his involvement in the cause, he soon became disillusioned and experienced a period of deep depression, which is reflected in some of his letters and poems from this period.

Lord Byron died at the age of 36 from an illness. Some have suggested that his death was brought on by a manic episode, during which he pushed himself too hard and neglected his health.

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