“The majority of mental illness diagnoses are NOS (not otherwise specified.) It is very likely that future poets will suffer a mood disorder NOS. Like those analyzed before their arrival who do not have a definitive diagnosis, there is hope. The ability of these writers to strike a chord in the literary world may not be an ability learned, or completely understood, but it cannot be ignored. It is a raw mental vein running straight from the mind to the paper. It is often times not tried, or orchestrated, but a bloodline to the page. A writer has their craft to express their mind which is evidence to further expose the intricate nature of how the mind works.
There is no certain way a writer can explain the fierce flow of ideas from word to word, line to line, stanza to stanza, any more than a doctor can fully understand a disease that has no clear diagnosis, and is often reduced to NOS (not otherwise specified.) Both are like throwing darts in a dim light, however, through a careful look at writers works in the past, the present, and those yet to be discovered, we may find some answers to the behaviors of manic-depressive people. These writers all share moments captured in writings that reflect their mind which serve as a tool for education.
Through a thorough examination of these trends, one may better understand the mind Not Otherwise Specified, and find answers to the plethora of questions surrounding the diagnosis of manic-depression.”