Rachmaninoff's Mental Health

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Marya
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Rachmaninoff's Mental Health

Postby Marya » Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:18 am

It's pretty well known that Rachmaninoff suffered recurring bouts of depression, which he publicly claimed were successfully alleviated via therapy. Nevertheless, personal letters reveal that, throughout his life, he struggled with periods of melancholy and was always extremely wary of periods of total apathy and unproductivity that would occur randomly over and over again. Rachmaninoff also had periods of intense activity, such as when he wrote one of his operas notably long before the assigned deadline, claimed the third concerto "wrote itself", and at one point wrote that he felt that a flood of musical ideas had suddenly arisen in his mind.

All of this sounds strikingly similar to the symptoms of bipolar depression, not major depression. One of my friends is bipolar. He has mixed episodes, but he is always calm - you wouldn't guess he's bipolar unless you know him well. So Rachmaninoff's calm temperament certainly doesn't exclude the possibility of bipolar depression.
What do you think? Was Rachmaninoff bipolar?

Marya
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Re: Rachmaninoff's Mental Health

Postby Marya » Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:35 am

Hello,
I would also like to add the following as possible further evidence of the above:

1. His gloomy, antisocial disposition at an opera-based gathering with friends vs. his incessant chatting one night on the beach.
2. His claims (made very soon after the symphony was premiered) that his first symphony's failure didn't hit him very hard vs. his subsequent fall into a severe depressive episode.
3. His affinity for making practical jokes on people vs. his conservatory friends saying he was usually very quiet.
4. His standing on the roof of a house and singing an aria vs. his sitting on the couch for long periods of time and literally doing nothing.
5. A period of time when he ate one small meal per day and just worked constantly vs. the two years after he wrote his first symphony, during which he wrote almost nothing.
6. His second symphony vs. his third piano concerto (after which he became depressed again) and Op. 39 (with subsequent period of melancholy).

erembourggiroux
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Re: Rachmaninoff's Mental Health

Postby erembourggiroux » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:57 am

Yes, I agree with you. These are the Symptoms of bipolar Depression. One should not delay if they find themselves suffering from problems that can harm their lives. My friend has suffered from major depression since 8 months. He was suffering from Depression, Anxiety. He can't find any ways to come out of his problems, then someone told him to consult Voyante Sérieuse. He consulted there and found himself much better after the Consultation. Even there are many other methods or ways available Online that can help one come out of their problems.


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