By David Coleman

ISBN-10: 0810891948

ISBN-13: 9780810891944

Long ago few a long time, know-how of bipolar affliction has considerably elevated, yet realizing of the situation continues to be obscure for many of most of the people. although the time period itself is comparatively fresh, the has affected participants for hundreds of years and not more profoundly than within the arts. The historic connections between manic melancholy and such fields as literature, track, and portray were formerly documented. even if, the effect of bipolar illness on motion picture makers and its depiction at the reveal has but to be completely tested.

In The Bipolar exhibit: Manic melancholy and the Movies, David Coleman offers an in-depth exam of the entwined natures of temper problems and moviemaking. during this quantity, Coleman appears on the writers, administrators, and actors who've confronted the temper swings and behaviour which are hallmarks of this situation from Greta Garbo and Orson Welles to Marilyn Monroe and Jonathan Winters. as well as spotting the cinematic contributions of manic depressive filmmakers, the writer additionally appears to be like at videos that experience portrayed bipolar disease with various levels of accuracy together with Citizen Kane, insurgent with out a reason, Breakfast at Tiffany s, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Aviator, and Silver Linings Playbook.

From early silents of the 20 th century via severely acclaimed movies of at the present time, this booklet compares depictions of temper swings on reveal with scientific examples of exact manic melancholy, conscientiously distinguishing genuine from stereotypical portrayals. This interesting examine is augmented through a concise filmography of greater than four hundred feature-length motion pictures from all over the world with topics or characters on the subject of manic depressive sickness. although geared toward movie enthusiasts and an individual attracted to manic melancholy, psychological ailment, or comparable scientific stories, this publication also will turn out precious to clinical and psychological healthiness professionals."

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36 As we can see, stigma incorporates elements of stereotyping: An individual is perceived as a member of a group with certain characteristics, with the group identity taking precedence over any individual qualities that person may possess. It also involves prejudice, given that the perceptions are negatively tinged, often to an extreme. It incorporates discrimination as well, as perceivers, communities, and societies engage in shunning, exclusion, and punishment. But stigma is more than the sum of its parts.

What if the perceiver eventually finds out anyway—will any chance of positive interactions be ruined? 5 The resultant tension can spread to perceivers, who may begin to suspect the hidden stigma and may themselves become anxious about how to react if a disclosure is made. Interestingly, because less severe forms of mental illness are likely to be more concealable than overt, flagrant patterns, stigma can be strong in such cases, as perceivers may blame the individual for inadequate volitional control.

In all, there is no satisfactory or simple definition of mental disorder. If there were, the nature of its stigmatization would be far easier to address. There will always be some degree of social judgment in defining mental disturbance, but this fact should not allow us to succumb to the irrational conclusion that mental disorder is mythical or nonexistent. Although biological and medical paradigms are becoming predominant, reductionistic medicalmodel accounts are not accurate. The reciprocal interplay between biology and environment in shaping behavior is the rule rather than the exception, particularly for mental disorder.

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