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Re: [existlist] Existential Despair and Bipolar Disorder:

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  • ccorey@frontiernet.net
    What exactly do (you) mean by (existential despair)? I highly doubt you mean it in the true Kierkegarrdian way...but correct me if I am wrong... -c- ...
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 9, 2007
      What exactly do (you) mean by (existential despair)? I highly doubt
      you mean it in the true Kierkegarrdian way...but correct me if I am
      wrong...

      -c-

      Quoting peaceofmind176 <peaceofmind176@...>:

      > The major clinical morbidity of bipolar disorder is chronic
      > depression. Yet this depression, which is resistant to our best
      > pharmacological treatments, may represent something else. We suggest
      > it may involve existential despair, as a consequence of the losses
      > incurred by this illness.
      >
      > Elation is seen not only in manic pathology. We should be able to
      > find aspects of our own experience that allow us to empathize with
      > it. Take New Year's Eve celebrations, for instance. In some ways,
      > what a foolish idea such celebrations are: Why would the events of
      > the next year be any better than those of every year past? And yet,
      > we celebrate the New Year with renewed hope and renewed ambitions.
      >
      > Talking with a bipolar patient is not easy, but it is also not
      > hopeless. Bipolar patients are hopeful, ever hopeful, and indeed
      > often too hopeful. But their hopes and dreams, however big, are
      > usually brief and soon damaged by the realities of life. Ultimately,
      > most patients with bipolar disorder become chronically depressed,
      > denied of their hopes by others. Appropriate medication treatment is
      > necessary, but not sufficient, for many such persons.
      >
      >
      >
      >



      CHRISTOPHER COREY (HIGH BANDWIDTH DESIGN & METAPHYSICAL RESEARCH)
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