Previous research indicates a correlation between creativity and psychopathology, particularly among female authors and poets, possibly heightening this group’s risk for suicide. This article aims to provide a psychohistory containing psychological evaluations and hypothetical treatments plans for two prominent female writers, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf both of whom completed suicide. Primary source material such as Plath’s journals, Woolf’s diaries, and related autobiographies were used as supplemental data for the clinical assessment. Plath is argued to have hypothetically met today’s DSM-5 criteria for Major Depressive Disorder, and Woolf for Bipolar I Disorder in addition to trauma-related difficulties.
Semester/Year of Award
Dr. Myra Beth Bundy
Eastern Kentucky University Psychology Department
Open Access Thesis
King, Molly, "Diagnosis and Treatment of Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf" (2018). Honors Theses. 539.