The Abyss of Madness
Publication date: March 2012
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
"The Abyss of Madness" will help you understand the difference between sanity and madness without the negative connotations and stigmatism associated with mental illness. Using a post-Cartesian approach and phenomenology, George Atwood brings nearly 50 years of clinical experience to the case studies in his book. His studies, often related to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, offer detailed analyses of various patients' treatment.
Despite the many ways in which the so-called psychoses can become manifest, they are ultimately human events arising out of human contexts. As such, they can be understood in an intersubjective manner, removing the stigmatizing boundary between madness and sanity. Utilizing the post-Cartesian psychoanalytic approach of phenomenological contextualism, as well as almost 50 years of clinical experience, George Atwood presents detailed case studies depicting individuals in crisis and the successes and failures that occurred in their treatment. Topics range from depression to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder to dreams, dissociative states to suicidality. Throughout is an emphasis on the underlying essence of humanity demonstrated in even the most extreme cases of psychological and emotional disturbance, and both the surprising highs and tragic lows of the search for the inner truth of a life - that of the analyst as well as the patient.