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Strictly Bipolar [Kindle Edition]

Darian Leader
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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.

About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 103 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0241146100
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF1RFU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, easy to read treatise on bipolar 2 May 2013
By Porlock
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This is a great book. Bipolar is the great unthought about illness of the twenty first century. Treatment for psychosis and trauma is much better than it used to be, but people just obsess about genes and medication with bipolar. That's not to say meds can't be really useful, but there must be more going on than that. And also bipolar has the lowest compliance rates with medication around, and the compliance groups aren't increibly effective, so we need to think as a society what's going on here! Leader argues that we are in an 'age of bipolar' now. There is a beautifully argued first section basically saying that the category of bipolar is getting expanded more and more tosuch an extent that the most acute horrible mad suicidal experiences aren't taken as seriously because they are put in a catch all with people who have mood variability much like we all have. Leader then goes on to talk about some famous people who have published biographies of their experience to say they provide the real evidence. He suggests that loss and transgenerational experience need to be incorporated into a history and that this can allow us to think of what's going on a bit more. I think its a treatise about humanising and personalising bipolar experiences, and reallyl listening to a patients story. Its brilliant and like reading a novel in places.

I am a great fan of Darian Leader's writing, though sometimes the Lacanian bits can be a bit heavy on the brain. Perhaps because it's so short, this is really easy to read. I devoured it in one sitting! And it's super cheap. I recommend this heartedly!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I have been waiting for.... 13 Aug 2013
By Gill
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I recommend this book to anyone who suffers from bipolar, or has a friend or family member who does. It is the first book I have read when I could truly say that the writer has hit the nail on the head with what I have lived with for the past 35 years. I have bought two copies and lent it to all those near to me....even my boss has now read it and said it was fascinating,

I will leave it to you to decide..but thanks to this book my family has finally opened up and talked with my about what has happened in our lives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 25 Aug 2013
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I chose this book to help me understand this condition as my daughter has it. It opened my eyes to the fact that lots of things can trigger it, not neccessarily a trauma and its things you wouldnt connect it to. I found his terminology a bit baffling at times, but the comparisons in the book was very helpful. The main thing the book taught me was to understand why my daughter acts the way she does at times and by talking about the book with her she has opened up about her bipolar a lot more to me, so for that reason alone it has been very helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly concise 21 Jun 2013
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A weighty subject treated in precis, and with a highly readable style. Nobody could get bogged down with this.
My guess is that readers looking for this subject might want something more meaty, but you could read this at a single sitting, and know whether it's worth you making a bigger investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bipolar insight 8 Jan 2014
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Darian Leader's 'Strictly Bipolar' is an excellent book.

It unravels the myths surrounding manic depression and its over-diagnosis in modern psychiatry . But is also sensitive in outlook and Leader, a distinguised London based pscyhoanalyst,fully understands the horrible 'highs' and 'lows' of the illness and how it makes sufferers' lifes extremely challenging for most of the time.

It is written in a light, often humourous style and is relatively short. Whilst very well informed he does not get bogged down with too much medical/technical detail that could only be understood by a psychiatrist.

Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and brilliant 30 July 2013
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This is a masterpiece of brevity but is a powerful argument for the way human beings are story-making creatures and that our mental and bodily states reflect those stories. Darian Leader makes sense of the roller-coaster behaviour of bipolar as having logic, meaning and idiosyncratic aspects. As well as personal history, he also argues for cultural factors - that we live in a bipolar age where a common sense of historical patterns is lost. The swift move to diagnosis, medication and standardized forms of treatment means the subtle and meaningful aspects of the condition are lost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! 13 Aug 2013
By Sam
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This is a really great read, interesting and insightful. The writing style is also really easy to follow a GREAT read for anyone interested in mental health and understanding Bipolar or mania. A really interesting book.
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