By Kay Redfield Jamison

ISBN-10: 0679763309

ISBN-13: 9780679763307

WITH a brand new PREFACE by means of THE AUTHOR

In her bestselling vintage, An Unquiet brain, Kay Redfield Jamison replaced the way in which we expect approximately moods and madness.

Dr. Jamison is likely one of the most suitable specialists on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has additionally skilled it firsthand. For even while she used to be pursuing her occupation in educational drugs, Jamison chanced on herself succumbing to an analogous exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that bothered lots of her sufferers, as her disease introduced her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempted suicide.

Here Jamison examines bipolar disease from the twin views of the healer and the healed, revealing either its terrors and the tough attract that from time to time brought on her to withstand taking drugs. An Unquiet brain is a memoir of huge candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply robust ebook that has either reworked and stored lives.

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Or, sometimes, the fetishist simply fondles, smells, or gazes at his fetish. Or, at other times, the fetishist wears the garment himself. Freud’s comments do not help us to decide who is wearing the fetish. However, they do clarify the accidental circumstances leading up to the choice of the fetish. According to Freud, the transformation of this ordinary supporter into a fetish was inspired by a fig leaf seen on a statue when the fetishist was a little boy. But this solution just leads to another conundrum.

38 But, Gay then raises a forceful criticism of Freud’s re-examination of the developmental schedules of boys and girls. ”39 U n r av e l i n g F r e u d o n F e t i s h i s m 23 As Gay depicts the changes in Freud’s thinking, “his robust and caustic language” represented “a turn to the right, subverting his own idea,”40 so congenial to the feminists of that time, that males and females have very similar psychological histories. ”41 However, while Gay attributes this sea change to Freud’s attempt to puzzle through some difficulties in his new way of thinking about the Oedipus complex, I am, as I mentioned earlier, attributing these “caustic” and “scurrilous” attitudes toward women to the physical castrations that Freud had endured and continued to endure until the end of his life.

Much of Freud’s suffering was due to the outcomes of the second surgical procedure, which had joined the mouth with the nasal passages. This drastic surgery required the insertion of a prosthesis, a huge denture-like apparatus, designed to block off the gaping wound in his mouth, separating it from the nasal cavity. ”18 Since the prosthesis made it impossible for Freud to open his mouth wide, it was difficult to remove it for a few hours of relief from the pressure it caused, or to replace it afterwards.

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