Mad, Bad, and Sad

Mad, Bad, and Sad This Is The Story Of How We Have Understood Extreme States Of Mind Over The Last Two Hundred Years And How We Conceive Of Them Today, From The Depression Suffered By Virginia Woolf And Sylvia Plath To The Mental Anguish And Addictions Of Iconic Beauties Zelda Fitzgerald And Marilyn Monroe From Mary Lamb, Sister Of Charles, Who In The Throes Of A Nervous Breakdown Turned On Her Mother With A Kitchen Knife, To Freud, Jung, And Lacan, Who Developed The New Women Centered Therapies, Lisa Appignanesi S Research Traces How And Of The Inner Lives And Emotions Of Women Have Become A Matter For Medics And Therapists Here Too Is The Story Of How Over The Years Symptoms And Diagnoses Have Developed Together To Create Fashions In Illness And How Treatments Have Succeeded Or Sometimes Failed Mad, Bad, And Sad Takes Us On A Fascinating Journey Through The Fragile, Extraordinary Human Mind. I m so beyond furious, it s likely best if I wait to review this novel, but if I hope to get some restful sleep, I have to vent The last 100, definitely last 50 pages, were interminable, scathing judgements by a writer who is clearly a sensationalist in journalism who I would hazard to say has little to no real life experience with mental illness As a fellow human being, I m glad for her I wouldn t wish mental illness on my worst enemies But as a perceived objectiv
Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize, which is about right It s clearly a Serious Work intended for that sort of prize, but it s so oddly bloodless and unengaging that it doesn t deserve to go further Appignanesi seemsinterested in the therapists, male and female, than the patients, none of whom get much of a look in, despite being the ostensible subject of the book There is no attempt to look at the experience of madness even when she is discussing women who wrote extensively about Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize, which is about right It s clearly a Serious Work intended for that sort
How do we assess madness, that particularly malleable condition In tracing its histories, this book understands the complex and intractable nature of madness, its often seeming attachment to socially oppressive causes, but just as frequently, its astonishing inexplicability It looks across two centuries of a growing group of professionals of mind doctors alienists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists neurologists, pathologists, neuroscientists, psychopharmacolog How do we assess madness, that particularly malleable condition In tracing its histories, this book understands the complex and intractable nature of madness, its often seeming attachment to socially oppressive causes, but just as frequently, its astonishing inexplicability It looks across two centuries of a growing group of professionals of mind doctors alienists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists neurologists, pathologists, neurosci
Appignanesi offers a detailed and critical review of the last two centuries of mind doctoring , from alienism to physiognomy to psychoanalysis to psychiatry However, one gets the sense that the loose focus on women came only after the book was written,as a suggestion from her editor to pare the tome down, rather than being the author s incipient specialization Throughout the entirety of the book, Appignanesi re addresses the topic of womanhood just at the point when the reader double ch Appignanesi offers a detailed and critical review of the last two centuries of mind doctoring , from alienism to physiognomy to psychoanalysis to psychiatry However, one gets the sense that the loose focus on women came only after the book was written,as a suggestion from her editor to pare the tome down, rather than being the author s incipient specialization Throughout the entirety of the book, Appignanesi re addresses the topic of womanhood just at the point when the reader double checks the title page to make sure she hasn t mistakenly picked up a textbook on the history of Western psychology Further, Appignanesi really seems to lack a kind of interest in maybe even fondness for women she seems skeptical of their historical role as real victims of the Medical Man, and truly seems to blame the women s movement for the late 20th century s flaws in psychotherapy One comes aw
I didn t finish this one It was too much textbook and long case study for me to get excited about.I read Flow The Cultural Story of Menstruation about a year ago and was hoping this would be the same type of book I was looking for information on how
I borrowed this to use in my MA dissertation, and was rewarded with an absolutely wonderful, engrossing, and well researched read I love the way in which Appignanesi writes, and this is going to be a go to book for me for many years to come Just wonderful. This is a big book about a huge subject It intrigued me in the book shop and has largely kept my interest throughout It could perhaps have been reduced by about 25% in length without any loss of interest indeed it would have benefited from a litlle pruning The case histories that she used were particularly interesting I found the sections about the various amendments to the diagnostic manuals for mental health rather heavy going and could quite happily have skipped those bits had I not tho This is a
Appignanesi chronicles the history of mental illness and women from the time when mental illness first became thought of as something that actually could be treated At first, hospitals for the mentally ill were nothingthan storage facilities to keep the patient out of the families hair Gradually, however, doctors came to feel that treatments, from isolation rooms to Freud s talking cure to ECT to all the assorted drugs, old and new There have always beenfemale mental patients th Appignanesi chronicles the history of mental illness and women from the time when mental illness first became thought of as something that actually coul
It was interesting, but really could have been put together in acompelling manner Also a book about women, but by volume it sure seemed to be very about men instead If this was some sort of meta message, it was not effective. I really enjoyed the historical examples of the treatment of women with mental health problems, and the clear way Appignanesi breaks down theories and treatments As the book progressed, I felt concerned that the mental health biographies of modern figures were almost salacious I felt this most strongly with the passages concerning Sylvia Plath and Marilyn Monroe I also felt uncomfortable with some aspects of Appignanesi s conclusions where modern medication and therapies doto create I really enjoyed the historical examples of the treatment of women with mental health problems, and the clear way Appignanesi breaks down theories and treatments As the book progressed, I felt concerned that the mental health biographies of modern figures were almost salacious I felt this most strongly with the passages concerning Sylvia Plath and Marilyn Monroe I also felt uncomfortable with some aspects of Appignanesi s conclusions where modern medication and therapies doto create patients than help them, and in fact women would do better if they were untreated , but can accept th

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  • Hardcover
  • 560 pages
  • Mad, Bad, and Sad
  • Lisa Appignanesi
  • English
  • 07 January 2018
  • 0393066630