By Peter C. Whybrow
"A compassionate exploration of melancholy and manic-depression."
"The so much thorough and wide-ranging dialogue for lay readers concerning the interaction of the actual and emotional parts of melancholy and manic-depression... His presentation is illuminating, and the case histories exhibit his sensitivity and talent as a clinician.... Whybrow's presentation deals a deeper figuring out of, in addition to a humane and clever method of those very troubling illnesses."
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Elliot Parker was bewildered by the changes he was witnessing. Claire had become a different person. As far as he could tell, his wife had not been herself since the accident. Some days she failed to get out o f her dressing gown, and was in bed when the children returned home from school. This annoyed him as unnecessary and a very poor model for their daughters, especially when she became argumentative and angry in front of them. He employed somebody to help in the house, hoping to relieve her burden of daily chores.
In a letter she wrote me later, Claire Dubois described the experi ence very well: “ It is like falling into a deep black pit; or being drawn down into a dark vortex led by only a pinpoint o f light, which growing smaller and smaller, finally flickers and goes out. With it goes all feel ing. There is no despair for there is no meaning; all is as white as the absence of color, as black as all color. It is a state o f nonbeing; there is no cure, there is no illness. I was convinced that I was dead, emotion ally dead.
But her true sense o f self was tied to those formative adolescent years in Paris, and she wanted desperately to pass this experience on to her children. L iv ing in the English culture of her husband’s family in Canada, even in French-speaking Canada, she felt trapped and not herself. These were natural barriers that a return to Paris might overcome. The year in France she had constructed for her daughters had been constructed also for herself. While unique in detail, Claire’s story has a familiar outline.
A Mood Apart: The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and Its Disorders by Peter C. Whybrow