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When the sun bursts : the enigma of schizophrenia /

by Bollas, Christopher [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]Description: xi, 226 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780300214734; 0300214731.Subject(s): Schizophrenia -- therapy | Mentally Ill Persons -- psychology | Psychoanalysis -- methods | Schizophrenia -- Treatment | Psychoses -- Treatment | Psychoanalysis
Contents:
Up against the wall -- A nation's madness -- Frozen psychosis -- Free speech -- A magical bench -- Listening to a different logic -- Mind-blowing thoughts -- From history to mythology -- Leaving things alone -- Metasexuality -- Hearing voices -- Assumed knowledge -- Hiding the mind -- Dodging thought -- Somatoforms -- Dumbing down -- Where are you from? -- Change -- Lucy on an island.
Summary: "Many schizophrenics experience their condition as one of radical incarceration, mind-altering medications, isolation, and dehumanization. At a time when the treatment of choice is anti-psychotic medication, world-renowned psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas shows that schizophrenics can be helped by much more humane treatments, and explains that they have a chance to survive and even reverse the process if they have someone to talk with them regularly and for a sustained period soon after they show signs of imminent breakdown. In this sensitive and evocative narrative, Bollas draws on his personal experiences working with schizophrenics since the 1960s. He offers his interpretation of how schizophrenia develops, typically in the teen years, as an adaptation during the difficult transition to adulthood."--Dust jacket.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A leading psychoanalyst shares his experiences working with schizophrenic patients to show how effective talk therapy can be as a treatment <br> <br> Many schizophrenics experience their condition as one of radical incarceration, mind-altering medications, isolation, and dehumanization. At a time when the treatment of choice is anti-psychotic medication, world-renowned psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas asserts that schizophrenics can be helped by much more humane treatments, and that they have a chance to survive and even reverse the process if they have someone to talk to them regularly and for a sustained period, soon after their first breakdown. <br> <br> In this sensitive and evocative narrative, he draws on his personal experiences working with schizophrenics since the 1960's. He offers his interpretation of how schizophrenia develops, typically in the teens, as an adaptation in the difficult transition to adulthood. <br> <br> With tenderness, Bollas depicts schizophrenia as an understandable way of responding to our precariousness in a highly unpredictable world. He celebrates the courage of the children he has worked with and reminds us that the wisdom inherent in human beings--to turn to conversation with others when in distress--is the fundamental foundation of any cure for human conflict.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-212) and index.

Up against the wall -- A nation's madness -- Frozen psychosis -- Free speech -- A magical bench -- Listening to a different logic -- Mind-blowing thoughts -- From history to mythology -- Leaving things alone -- Metasexuality -- Hearing voices -- Assumed knowledge -- Hiding the mind -- Dodging thought -- Somatoforms -- Dumbing down -- Where are you from? -- Change -- Lucy on an island.

"Many schizophrenics experience their condition as one of radical incarceration, mind-altering medications, isolation, and dehumanization. At a time when the treatment of choice is anti-psychotic medication, world-renowned psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas shows that schizophrenics can be helped by much more humane treatments, and explains that they have a chance to survive and even reverse the process if they have someone to talk with them regularly and for a sustained period soon after they show signs of imminent breakdown. In this sensitive and evocative narrative, Bollas draws on his personal experiences working with schizophrenics since the 1960s. He offers his interpretation of how schizophrenia develops, typically in the teen years, as an adaptation during the difficult transition to adulthood."--Dust jacket.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. vii)
  • Note to the Reader (p. xi)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Part 1
  • 1 Up Against the Wall (p. 13)
  • 2 A Nation's Madness (p. 27)
  • 3 Frozen Psychosis (p. 38)
  • 4 Free Speech (p. 48)
  • 5 A Magical Bench (p. 55)
  • 6 Listening to a Different Logic (p. 65)
  • 7 Mind-Blowing Thoughts (p. 74)
  • Part 2
  • 8 From History to Mythology (p. 87)
  • 9 Leaving Things Alone (p. 93)
  • 10 Metasexuality (p. 97)
  • 11 Hearing Voices (p. 103)
  • 12 Assumed Knowledge (p. 111)
  • 13 Hiding the Mind (p. 124)
  • 14 Dodging Thought (p. 140)
  • 15 Somatoforms (p. 148)
  • 16 Dumbing Down (p. 160)
  • Part 3
  • 17 Where Are You From? (p. 169)
  • 18 Change (p. 181)
  • 19 Lucy on an Island (p. 188)
  • Notes (p. 199)
  • Annotated Bibliography (p. 203)
  • Index (p. 213)

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Library Journal Review

A psychoanalyst for 40 years, Bollas (China on the Mind) reports in detail on an uncommon but potentially important practice of psychotherapy with schizophrenics, a group most often treated with drugs. He reports positive outcomes for psychotic adults and children treated intensively-often daily, for years-in the United States and England. Among the author's mentors were Wilfred Bion, R.D. Laing, and Hanna Segal, and he benefitted from therapy himself after a breakdown in college. Bollas notes that routine medication treatment to hasten discharge from the hospital doesn't cure but numbs the mind. Intensive psychotherapy is most effective at the onset of psychosis. An expert on things human that lie beyond comprehension for most people, Bollas applies his insights to social issues such as political paranoia that fosters dehumanization, weapons, and war. VERDICT The author's perspective embraces personal, social, and political life on a vulnerable planet. His expertise extends to civilization generally, making an esoteric specialty relevant to human improvement in general. The book is suited for a general audience interested in psychology applied to the most challenging dilemmas.-E. James Lieberman, George -Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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