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Ernest Hemingway: Psychiatric Perspectives on a Life and A Life’s Work

Monday 8th December 2008

Explore the life and mental health struggles of Ernest Hemingway in this episode of One Hour At A Time. Learn about his addiction and how it affected his relationships and work. Listen now on
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Ernest Hemingway's Fascinating Life and Struggle with Mental Illness and Addiction

Well, it certainly speaks to the strength of the illnesses in this family and how other families experience similar illnesses, be it diabetes, be it major depression, that you know that. The illnesses that affect us are influenced by our genetics. And we have to wonder if maybe some of this was why he pursued wars across the globe...
Ernest Hemingway was a literary giant, larger-than-life personality and a global figure associated with Americanism and masculinity. In this episode of One Hour At A Time, Dr. Christopher Martin discusses Hemingway's fascinating life from a psychiatric perspective. Hemingway's experiences with mental illness and addiction are explored in-depth, including his depressive episodes and his self-medication with alcohol. Dr. Martin also discusses the impact of Hemingway's mental health on his relationships and work.
The importance of treatment and family support is highlighted, as well as the role of genetics in mental illness and addiction. Current evidence-based practices for treatment of co-occurring disorders are also discussed. Hemingway's legacy and the importance of reducing stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction are also touched upon. This thought-provoking and informative episode will leave listeners with a deeper understanding and compassion for those struggling with co-occurring disorders. Listen to the episode now on