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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

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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. 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 individually clinically and not brand one with set parameters of the bipolar spectrum Nowadays this condition is treated with multiple drugs and trying to find the right cocktail this is totally driven by the drug industry Now time is the factor and thereby old clinical approach is forgottenBring in back the good old family practice and do away with the spectrum parameters

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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. Manic depressive illness although serious used to be rare roughly 1% of the population Yet during the past three decades and people have not only been diagnosed but put on a cocktail of medication to address their bipolarity Now are such diagnosis genuine Or is this increase a symptom of something deeper that is something gone wrong with our mental healthcare systemsDarian Leader a psychoanalyst and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and of the College of Psychoanalysis surely throws here a needed debateHe may have a point in accusing the pharmaceutical companies of marketing an illness so as to sell drugs to people Historians of psychiatry have all made the same observation here It was precisely when the patents began to run out on the biggest selling mainstream antidepressants in the mid 90s that bipolar suddenly became the recipient of the vast marketing budgets of the pharmaceutical industry I don t know about that and uite frankly I feel wary of such argument tantamount or so I felt of accusing big pharmas of conspiracy to make profits I personally don t want to go thereWhere I fully agree with him is when he denounces modern psychiatry that has redefined manic depression with ill conseuences First it has stripped such illness of its specificity the flight of ideas the special sense of connectedness to the world the oscillation of a fault and the effort to create a categorical separation of good and bad to now include a new spectrum of very different mood swings each with their own features Out with manic depression In with the uite new bipolar catch all label BP1 BP2 BP3 BP4 BP5 BP6 and their satellites which being too simplistic doesn t help the understanding of a complex illness Then because not only content to have thus airbrushed the very specifics of manic depression it has reduced itself to the prescription of pills as if cocktails of medication were the best if not only way to address mental issues As he clearly states it isn t Understanding patients histories is also crucial a human touch that modern psychiatry sadly seems to have dangerously lost touch with Strictly Bipolar is a short read challenging at times but nevertheless a powerful argument for a new approach to treating what remains a very serious illness Bipolar cannot be dealt with casually thrusting pills all the while neglecting the human factor That such a condemnation is needed shows how cold and dehumanised economically interested our healthcare systems consciously or not came to be A must read for anyone interested in the topic


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  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 hi

  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 diag

  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 individually clinically

  4. says:

    Manic depressive illness although serious used to be rare roughly 1% of the population Yet during the past three decades and people have not only been diagnosed but put on a cocktail of medication to address their 'bipolarity' Now are such diagnosis genuine? Or is this increase a symptom of something deeper that is something gone wrong with o

  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

  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 tr

  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 in

  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 N

  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 di