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Strictly Bipolar is Darian Leader's treatise on the psychological disorder of our timesIf 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%W. I ve recently been tentatively diagnosed as bipolar so this remarkably readable and informative book came along at a most opportune time for me Darian Leader is able to convey complex concepts in lucid engaging prose and I intend to read by him As for this book it explores the trend towards diagnoses of bipolarism the pharmaceutical approach to management and the inner experience and drives of the condition Bipolarism is complex than a simple pendulum state and the manic end of the behavioural curve could be seen as an extreme form of depression The kind of depression suffered in bipolar disorders is also different from the self loathing melancholia of a pure depressive Leader identifies themes like the inability to see shades of grey the need to perform to gain approval the experience of being connected with the universe and the converse sense of numb frustrationUltimately this book calls for a nuanced case to case understanding of bipolarism and stresses a humanistic approach that focuses on the uniue biographical factors that have shaped each case over a proliferation of medication although these have a place too It helped me understand why I may be bipolar and what may be driving my condition although a definite diagnosis will only emerge from further work with my therapist If you re interested in what seems to be a defining mental condition of our times if you have been diagnosed as bipolar or have a loved one who has been diagnosed as such or if you just want to catch up on current thought on this condition this short extremely readable book seems like or less the thing you could pick up although I ll definitely seek out and read Stephen Fry s memoirs as soon as I can Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark just want to catch up on current thought on this condition this short extremely readable book seems like or less the thing you could pick up although I ll definitely seek out and read Stephen Fry s memoirs as soon as I can

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Strictly Bipolar

Hat could explain this explosion of bipolarity Is it a legitimate diagnosis or the result of Big Pharma marketing Exploring these uestions 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 depressionWhat he asks do these experiences have to do with love guilt and rage Why the sp. I discovered Darian Leader belatedly about a year ago and he s definitely become a favorite He has a great psychoanalytic gift for interpreting symptoms I love the clarity of his writing His hostility to biological approaches is unnecessary and offhand and is a repeating flaw in his work

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Ending 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 dejectionOnly by looking at these uestions 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 leth. Strictly Bipolar by Darian Leader discusses primarily the rebranding of manic depression into bipolar disorder at the end of the 90ies but through this rebranding Leader actually also analyses our overmedicated society Leader reviews how this change in name but also how marketing have transformed the earlier approach into a drug heavy approach focusing only on drugs and the fine tuning of these drugsTo take his words there is an elephant in the room the whole conversation is about what the drugs are making them feel rather than what their original feelings had been before taking the drugsLeader advocates for a return to the previous approach but if what he says at the end of the book is true recovery rates were better in the pre drug area who wouldn t The book makesreferences many interesting points here are a few groundbreaking eye openers for me Leader makes a very extremely interesting point on the connection between manic depression and language In manic states the person was at the mercy of acoustic and formal connections between words but in the depressive state it was meaning or signification that governed them How strange that the two axes of language words and meanings would each emerge in manic depression in alternate strengthsHe makes also an interesting point related to sociology the constellation in manic depression often involves an aspiration to a better social position He makes a very extremely interesting point on manic depression and cinema That s why if you observe the audience during a comedy film they keep looking not just at the screen but a teach other whereas if it s a tragedy the gaze remains fixed on the screen Favourite uotesLeader uotes many famous writers He uotes for instance Stephen Fry for the highs phases society is too slow for our racing minds everything is connected in a web of glorious colour creativity and meaning I can t help seeing here Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook Talking becomes easy words flow with a newfound fluencyManic depression is like an alternating hypertrophy and atrophy of unconscious conscience uote of Edward Glover Internet uestionnaires allowed self diagnosis in a few minutes and for many people it seems as if their difficulties finally had a nameBipolarity is less a pendulum of moods than an effort to keep two poles apart Cheney tells us that mania is than a disease it is a way of thinkingStrictly Bipolar


10 thoughts on “Strictly Bipolar

  1. says:

    I've recently been tentatively diagnosed as bipolar so this remarkably readable and informative book came along at a most opportune time for me Darian Leader is able to convey complex concepts in lucid engaging prose and I intend to read by him As for this book it explores the trend towards diagnoses of bipolarism the ph

  2. says:

    One in four Americans is estimated to have some form of bipolar disorder How did we come to this?Darian Leader makes a very compelling case against the way we tend to see manic depression as a uestion of biology a thing to be resolved by pharmaceuticals It's considered to be a whole spectrum now and he explains why a correct diagnos

  3. says:

    The best analysis of manic depression so far It gives an account of how the pharmaceutical companies branding this as a biological condition and making it totally drug dependent This condition has to be studied individuall

  4. says:

    Manic depressive illness although serious used to be rare roughly 1% of the population Yet during the past three decades an

  5. says:

    Excellent little book and a must for serious coaches It is a joy to read an idea explored in such an intelligent and concise way Read alongside madness explained and what's wrong with you your body never lies and simplicity parenting and you'll get a very healthy world view

  6. says:

    I discovered Darian Leader belatedly about a year ago and he’s definitely become a favorite He has a great psychoanalytic gift for interpreting symptoms I love the clarity of his writing His hostility to biological approaches is unnecessary and offhand and is a repeating flaw in his work

  7. says:

    Love this bookThe psychopathology of manic depression is written not ignoring the sociocultural and economic truths of a generation and contextualising the narrative discursive framework of the experience of vitality and energy in mania The motifs of references in personal histories of people living with bipolar and critical differences fr

  8. says:

    Strictly Bipolar by Darian Leader discusses primarily the rebranding of manic depression into bipolar disorder at the end of the 90ies but through this rebranding Leader actually also analyses our overmedicated society Leader reviews how this change in name but also how marketing have transformed the earlier approach into a drug heavy approa

  9. says:

    As a person person with Bipolar I was at first optimistic about this book Having now read it I think it's one of the most dangerous ignorant and insulting pieces of writing on the topic To make it clear I think you should not buy this book Not unless you're an ableist ignorant fool who wants to read a piece of Bipolar denial I normally would say in a review that a book is crap but I'd never say don't buy it I

  10. says:

    Strictly bipolar is one of the most advanced books ever written on psychotherapyThough not a conventional book yet it adds to the debate of differentiating the mental disorders namely bipolar disorder and maniac depressive diseaseThe author here outline that maniac depressive disorder though very closely resemble

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