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Bipolar Expeditions

Author: Emily Martin
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691141061
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Bipolar Expeditions' is an ethnographic inquiry into mania and depression in their American cultural and historical contexts. The text explores the complex darkness and stigma associated with those deemed 'mad.

Die Glasglocke

Author: Sylvia Plath
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Der Versuch einer seelisch verkapselten 19jährigen Amerikanerin, sich in das Leben zu stürzen, um Erfahrungen zu sammeln, endet mit ihrer Einlieferung in eine psychiatrische Klinik.

American Melancholy

Author: Laura D. Hirshbein
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813545846
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As American Melancholy reveals, if you read about depression anywhere today--medical journal, popular magazine, National Institute of Mental Health pamphlet, or pharmaceutical company drug promotional literature--you will find three main pieces of information either explicitly stated or strongly implied: depression is a disease (like any other physical disease); it is extraordinarily prevalent in the world; and it occurs about twice as frequently in women as in men. Yet, depression was not classified as a disease until the 1980 publication of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-III (DSM-III). How is it that such an illness, thought to affect between 14 and 17 million Americans, was not specifically defined until the late twentieth century? American Melancholy traces the growth of depression as an object of medical study and as a consumer commodity and illustrates how and why depression came to be such a huge medical, social, and cultural phenomenon. It is the first book to address gender issues in the construction of depression, explores key questions of how its diagnosis was developed, how it has been used, and how we should question its application in American society.

Mental Health Care Issues In America

Author: Michael Shally-Jensen
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610690133
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This two-volume encyclopedia examines the social, cultural, and political dimensions of mental illness in America. * Contributions from a wide array of experts, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and public health professionals * Sidebars that discuss topics of interest related to the main body of an entry * Topical bibliographies, including web resources, for each entry * Tables of data and other valuable information * Selected black-and-white photos and illustrations

American Mania

Author: Peter C. Whybrow
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393059946
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An analysis of the American consumer culture cites modern statistics in obesity, depression, and panic disorders, drawing on detailed case studies to explain how today's greed-driven and comparatively affluent society is directly related to key social and medical issues. 30,000 first printing.


Author: Lois Banner
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408833301
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Marilyn Monroe died on 5th August, 1962. Since then, the appetite for information about Monroe has proved insatiable. Lois Banner's new biography is revelatory. Banner had access to material no one else has seen, from a trove of personal papers to facts and anecdotes about her childhood and her death. Banner traces the eleven foster homes Marilyn went to, uncovering the sexual abuse she suffered and her bisexuality. She is also the first biographer to read Monroe's psychiatric records, revealing a woman deeply rooted in paradox. No biographer before has attempted to analyse - much less realise - most of these aspects of her personality. Lois Banner has.

Emotion And Insanity

Author: S. Thalbitzer
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415209359
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Routledge is now re-issuing this prestigious series of 204 volumes originally published between 1910 and 1965. The titles include works by key figures such asC.G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget, Otto Rank, James Hillman, Erich Fromm, Karen Horney and Susan Isaacs. Each volume is available on its own, as part of a themed mini-set, or as part of a specially-priced 204-volume set. A brochure listing each title in the International Library of Psychology series is available upon request.

The Years Of Silence Are Past

Author: Stephen P. Hinshaw
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521817806
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Sharing his father's lifelong battle with bipolar disease, and vividly detailing the isolation, confusion, despair, and destruction that both the patients and families experience, the author shows that even through the darkest of times, strength, resilience, and compassion can triumph. (Psychology & Self-Help)

Strictly Bipolar

Author: Darian Leader
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241966108
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Strictly Bipolar is Darian Leader's treatise on the psychological disorder of our times. If the post-war period was called the 'Age of Anxiety' and the 1980s and '90s the 'Antidepressant Era', we now live in Bipolar times. Mood-stabilising medication is routinely prescribed to adults and children alike, with child prescriptions this decade increasing by 400% and overall diagnoses by 4000%. What could explain this explosion of bipolarity? Is it a legitimate diagnosis or the result of Big Pharma marketing? Exploring these questions, Darian Leader challenges the rise of 'bipolar' as a catch-all solution to complex problems, and argues that we need to rethink the highs and lows of mania and depression. What, he asks, do these experiences have to do with love, guilt and rage? Why the spending sprees and the intense feeling of connection with the world? Why the confidence, the self-esteem and the sense of a bright future that can so swiftly turn into despair and dejection? Only by looking at these questions in a new way will we be able to understand and help the person caught between feelings that can be so terrifying and so exhilarating, so life-affirming yet also so lethal. Strictly Bipolar is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary views of the self, bipolarity and a deeper understanding of manic-depression. Praise for Strictly Bipolar: 'A beautifully thoughtful understanding not just of highs and lows,mania and depression, but of why and how these mechanisms work in our mindsand bodies and how the human subject is coerced todayto embrace a culture of 'bipolarity'' Susie Orbach 'A timely book. Darian Leader's thoughts are more fixated strong-arm interesting, more humane and more persuasive than the profit coercion of the madness industry. Instead of the shoddy reasoning that leads to wrong treatment and over-treatment, he offers illumination and insight; his book is a contribution to a debate, but it could also change lives' Hilary Mantel Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst practising in London and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and of the College of Psychoanalysts - UK. He is the author of What is Madness?, The New Black, Why do women write more letters than they post?, Promises lovers make when it gets late, Freud's Footnotes and Stealing the Mona Lisa, and co-author, with David Corfield, of Why Do People Get Ill? He is Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Human and Life Sciences, Roehampton University.