Toward a Psychobiology of Affective Recurrences: Interaction of Biological and Psychological Factors

  • H. S. Akiskal
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As Memphis is the home of the blues, where I have conducted much of my research on mood disorders, I would like to begin with the following Memphis Slim (1968) song because it provides a very important insight into the nature of mood states:
  • My mama had them

  • Her mama had them

  • Now I’ve got them too

  • I’ve got something

  • Something you just don’t learn in school

  • You’ll never find them in no books

  • You just got to inherit the blues.

  • When I’m sad and lonely

  • Even when I am happy too

  • All of a sudden

  • I find myself singing the blues

  • That’s why I know I was born with them.


Mood Disorder Depressive Illness Final Common Pathway Bipolar Illness Affective Episode 
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