“A Fire in the Blood”: Metaphors of Bipolar Disorder in Jamison's An Unquiet Mind [Book Review]

Journal of Medical Humanities 33 (3):185-205 (2012)
Content analysis of three chapters of Jamison’s memoir, An Unquiet Mind, shows that depression, mania, and Bipolar Disorder have a common metaphoric core as a sequential process of suffering and adversity that is a form of malevolence and destruction. Depression was down and in, while mania was up, in and distant, circular and zigzag, a powerful force of quickness and motion, fieriness, strangeness, seduction, expansive extravagance, and acuity. Bipolar Disorder is down and away and a sequential and cyclical process that partakes of the metaphors of its component moods. We conclude that metaphors of mood disorders share a number of structural features and are consistent across different authors
Keywords Metaphor  Depression  Mania  Bipolar Disorder  Recovery
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DOI 10.1007/s10912-012-9177-5
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George Lakoff (1980). Metaphors We Live By. University of Chicago Press.
Thomas S. Szasz (2004). The Myth of Mental Illness. In Arthur Caplan, James J. McCartney & Dominic A. Sisti (eds.), Ethics. Georgetown University Press 43--50.

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