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summary The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression, series The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression, book The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression, pdf The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression, The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression 5cb775e452 What Happens When We Lose Someone We Love A Death, A Separation Or The Break Up Of A Relationship Are Some Of The Hardest Times We Have To Live Through In This Book, Darian Leader Urges Us To Look Beyond The Catch All Concept Of Depression To Explore The Deeper, Unconscious Ways In Which We Respond To The Experience Of Loss

10 thoughts on “The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression

  1. says:

    Por fin pude sentarme a leer con calma este libro y no decepciona en lo absoluto De manera muy clara y agregando muchos ejemplos cl nicos, Leader analiza el concepto de duelo y c mo este proceso mal llevado puede transformarse en melancol a la persona quiere desaparecer con el objeto, situaci n o persona amada o en depresi n la persona est estancada, repitiendo patrones de manera obsesiva Es un libro bello de leer, pese a lo crudo que pareciera ser el tema, b sicamente porque ofrece una esperanza de curaci n, que no pasa s lo por f rmacos o conductismo Muy bueno.

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    This is a fascinating and necessary study in which Leader, a psychoanalyst practicing in London, argues for the fundamental importance of psychotherapy in our dealing with personal loss Leader contends that the medical community has over medicated the problems of mourning and melancholia, causing a decline in the communicative, voiced aspects of psychotherapy that permit people to engage in a dialogue of mournings Psychotherapy permits a verbalization of the unconscious causes of mourning and melancholia, thereby creating the possibility for a treatment both comprehensive and responsive to the complexity of individual loss than medicine itself can furnish Simply prescribing pills treats the symptoms, not the causes, of mourning and melancholia.In many ways this book is an elegant companion to, and combatant against, William Styron s great 1989 memoir Darkness Visible, which arguably has been one of the important popular texts to make the case for depression s biological basis Styron s book reduced the stigma of the disease and made room for its medicalization as we now see it today Leader s book acknowledges the medical aspects of depression but thinks the culture of prescribing our way out of pain fails to address the psychological complexity of mourning and melancholia Indeed, medicating those suffering from these diseases without also requiring their engagement in psychotherapy dangerously obscures the subtle differences between the terms mourning and melancholia In brief, Leader distinguishes between the two terms this way in mourning, we attempt to detach ourselves from the object of loss in melancholia, we attempt to attach ourselves to the object lost He uses two helpful terms from logic predicate negation and term negation Predicate negation of a person, represented symbolically as the person , involves accepting the loss of the person in question This is mourning Term negation, represented by the person , involves the affirmation of the negated term the not person This is melancholia In mourning, we move beyond the term negated in melancholia, we affirm the full negation of the term the person who has died by attempting to inhabit that void, that loss One allows us to progress with our lives the other impedes our ability to move on because it requires us to inhabit, not simply recognize, the negation Both require treatment, but distinguishing between the conditions, and the causes that give rise to them, is an essential aspect to treatment, both with medicine and with psychotherapy.

  3. says:

    You make Melanie Klein palatable for me, AND you use Sophie Calles Exquisite Pain oh how I love thee

  4. says:

    This is as gloomy as the title suggests, but somehow extremely necessary reading It s an exploration of what it means to be melancholy, how the meaning of that word has changed over the years with the advent of the concept of depression and the treatment pathways offered for it It s also a study on loss of all kinds there s even mention of mourning the loss of books, which I m sure all of us here can empathise with and I particularly liked the idea that when we lose someone we don t just lose the person, but what they were to us, what they represent If only these things were discussed openly For now though, loss seems to be human race s open secret.

  5. says:

    Outstanding analysis Bit jargonny in the middle but there is some very moving stuff in here.

  6. says:

    Como observ la psicoanalista Ginette Raimbault, el trabajo de escritores, artistas, poetas y m sicos es muy importante para ayudar a sacar a la luz la naturaleza universal de lo que siente una persona en duelo, pero no en el sentido de que todos sentir n lo mismo Por el contrario, Lo que nadie puede entender de mi dolor, alguien puede expresarlo en tal forma que yo pueda reconocerme a m misma en lo que no puedo compartir.

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    Darian is a psychoanalysist who wants to ring the bell There are to many diagnosis that say depression According to him this is caused by economic interests and a culture that demands quick measurable solutions We all know this critique, sadly Darian does not go into any effort to show any proof of this.What he does do is give genealogy of grief and melancholy with lots of examples from the fields of psychiatric, anthropology, art and psychological theory In this way he hopes to show that a lot of symptoms of depression are likely to be rooted in grief or melancholy This is rather interesting to read He gives descriptions of mechanisms involved with grief or melancholy Like that of identification with the dead that result in people not able to do anything, or even dying An example of this are the people who die shortly after their partner What is needed in the case of loss of a close one are the following four steps 1 Introducing a symbolic order this creates distance, and your own reality 2 Kill the object3 Separation between the image of loved one and the position of that loved one for our life4 Giving up the image that they had of us.In this process there are a lot of things that can go wrong, that results in symptoms of depression But, the case is that the causes for the symptom are something else, that means that the psychologist should look in to this causes To the persons own personal truth Something that does not happen today in psychology.This is where I mean that Damian Leader goes wrong He does a lot of medicine and Cognitive therapy basing, because they are only mend to threat the symptoms I think this image is oversimplified For example, cognitive therapy is a method that treats symptoms by looking at behavioural patterns that are not practical for the life of the client and then the client and therapist try to change those patterns So far this can look like only treating the symptoms, but I do not believe that this does not involve looking at how these patterns came to be So in the process people learn about there personal truths, why there symptoms are there The same goes for medicine Only using medicine suppress the symptoms, but treatment always involves talking, going into why you need these medicine, and in most cases the medicine is just used as a kick start to get moving again.The fact that Darian gives such a one sided view on current treatments makes me suspicious that he deals with some resentment What could have been a balanced investigation into causes coming from grief and melancholy turns into a monologue That coming for a man pleating for a new language and dialogue, is a missed chance for me.

  8. says:

    For some reason it took me ages to get through, I think this was probably both because it was so thought provoking and also because the arguments weren t always very clearly structured Still it s quite brilliant.

  9. says:

    This book interested me by the title The author starts out making his point vehemently that the drug companies want you to be depressed so they can make lots of money, which is partially true But, this book then began to become immensely enlightening for me personally Relating to feelings of loss and over self abuse, I was very much relating to the melancholic attributes Also, the subjects of mourning and dealing with losing a loved one This was all incredibly poignant If you are going through any of these life changing occurrences, or may be in the future, I recommend this book The middle becomes somewhat overly clinical, but still enthralling.

  10. says:

    The book set out with a fascinating premise of the idea of unprocessed grief being a potentially leading cause of many of societies struggles with depression I found the first third incredibly informative and fascinating Ultimately the second half focused specifically on processing the death of a loved one which wasn t quite what I was hoping to gleam Nonetheless it was an engaging and readable look at a complex aspect of human psychology and I am interested in reading other books by the same author.

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