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20 January 2010 @ 02:27 pm
Need some writing research help...  

Research, research...

I need some help. I am doing research for some fiction I am writing. What I am looking for are notable mental breakdowns or 'episodes' throughout history.

I'm talking about serious things, such as Howard Hughes in 1947. Unfortunately, when trying to Google infamous breakdowns, I cannot come up with anything tangible because the word 'breakdown' can apply to something as simple as Britney Spears shaving her head. Maybe I'm using the wrong terminology, but I'm looking for some actual cases of serious breakdowns caused by mental illness or phobias such as claustrophobia or anagoraphobia, just to name a couple.

The novel I am writing involves a character that breaks down mentally due to a severe case of very severe cabin fever. It is inspired by Pink Floyd's The Wall and Stephen King's The Shining, as well as many other works, so if that gives anyone an idea of the type of thing I am looking for...

Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

I'm: 2:26
I feel: worriedworried
I'm listening to: KQ Morning Show Playback
zana: readingoctoberland on January 20th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
I can probably help with this. How soon do you need it?
Lady Manson: Buffy - fred bookladymanson on January 20th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Anytime is good. Right now, I am on the last third of the story (otherwise known in my mind as The Downfall), so I just would like to do as much research as possible. I don't exactly write things in order, so if I had to wait a while, I could just write the last chapter of the thing and work back.
Thanks so much!!! :)
Ana Vicente Ferreira: longhandersavferreira on January 20th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Found these, don't know how helpful they'll be:


Other than these,there's Sylvia Plath, and that mathmatician Russel Crow portrayed in "A Beautiful Mind", and I think Virginia Wolf had some problems at some point too.
turquoisetumultturquoisetumult on January 20th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I think Edgar Allan Poe was severely depressed after his wife died, but I'm not sure. You can look into it.

What about Van Gogh cutting off his ear?

Picasso and his Blue Period?