When the Sun Bursts: The Enigma of Schizophrenia



[PDF / Epub] ★ When the Sun Bursts: The Enigma of Schizophrenia By Christopher Bollas – E17streets4all.co.uk Many schizophrenics experience their condition as one of radical incarceration, mind altering medications, isolation, and dehumanization At a time when the treatment of choice is anti psychotic medica Many schizophrenics experience their condition as one of Sun Bursts: PDF Æ radical incarceration, mind altering medications, When the Epub / isolation, and dehumanization At a time when the treatment of choice is anti psychotic the Sun Bursts: PDF/EPUB ê medication, world renowned psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas asserts that schizophrenics can be helped by much humane treatments, and that they have a chance to survive and even reverse the process if they have someone to talk to them regularly and for a sustained period, soon after their first breakdown In this sensitive and evocative narrative, he draws on his personal experiences working with schizophrenics since thes He offers his interpretation of how schizophrenia develops, typically in the teens, as an adaptation in the difficult transition to adulthood With tenderness, Bollas depicts schizophrenia as an understandable way of responding to our precariousness in a highly unpredictable world He celebrates the courage of the children he has worked with and reminds us that the wisdom inherent in human beings to turn to conversation with others when in distress is the fundamental foundation of any cure for human conflict.When the Sun Bursts: The Enigma of Schizophrenia

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    When the Sun Bursts: The Enigma of Schizophrenia ePUB humane treatments, and that they have a chance to survive and even reverse the process if they have someone to talk to them regularly and for a sustained period, soon after their first breakdown In this sensitive and evocative narrative, he draws on his personal experiences working with schizophrenics since thes He offers his interpretation of how schizophrenia develops, typically in the teens, as an adaptation in the difficult transition to adulthood With tenderness, Bollas depicts schizophrenia as an understandable way of responding to our precariousness in a highly unpredictable world He celebrates the courage of the children he has worked with and reminds us that the wisdom inherent in human beings to turn to conversation with others when in distress is the fundamental foundation of any cure for human conflict."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 226 pages
  • When the Sun Bursts: The Enigma of Schizophrenia
  • Christopher Bollas
  • English
  • 12 June 2019
  • 0300214731

10 thoughts on “When the Sun Bursts: The Enigma of Schizophrenia

  1. says:

    I picked up a copy of Christopher Bollas When the Sun Bursts The Enigma of Schizophrenia because it looked like a short, easy read about the disease that had stolen my ex husband s life What would it really have been like to see and hear and feel what he did during the progression of this most feared of mental illnesses I was both shocked and heartened to learn from Bollas thoughtful and humane narrative that the wrenching treatment of anti psychotic drugs that P s family believed were hi I picked up a copy of Christopher Bollas When the Sun Bursts The Enigma of Schizophrenia because it looked like a short, easy read about the disease that had stolen my ex husband s life What would it really have been like to see and hear and feel what he did during the progression of this most feared of mental illnesses I was both shocked and heartened to learn from Bollas thoughtful and humane narrative that the wrenching treatment of anti psychotic drugs that P s family believed were his only option, the drugs that helped quiet the voices in his head while deadening his mind and emotions, were not, in fact, the only possible treatments for his illness.And while I wondered whether Bollas intensive routine of psychoanalysis might have given P back to his family and loved ones, I also wondered to what extent the American health care system would have supported such a laborious treatment, five days a week of psychoanalysis, sometimes extending as long as five years before a particularly difficult patient was able to utter coherent words And then I thought what would five years have been, compared to the twenty or thirtyyears of sane, reasoning life such a patient might experience In some ways, Bollas description of his treatments, including taking intensive histories of his patients, mirrors those of other humane medical practitioners such as Abraham Verghese and the late Oliver Sacks, simply listening to patients as people instead of cases Ordinarily I will simply ask the person to tell me what has happened in the days leading up to the moment when he changed, Bollas writes If comparatively few clinicians have experienced a reversal of the schizophrenic process, this is because the crucial act of regaining context through taking a historyhas not been high on the list of clinical priorities Instead the patient loses contact with his mind through heavy medicationTragically, the treatment he receives becomes a crucial agent in cementing the schizophrenic process Even for those without personal experience of schizophrenia, Bollas descriptions of his patients self deprecating, kind and insightful are a joy to read His language can be over heavy with technical terms for a lay reader, but terms are always either defined explicitly or made clear through context The annotated bibliography will be of particular help to readers interested in additional information

  2. says:

    Without getting into a big, long, technical and jargon filled review, let s just say that some of Bollas insights are truly interesting and illuminating, but others are limited and outdated, and his own strictly psychoanalytic training means his knowledge base in this area is unfortunately narrow.

  3. says:

    An analyst discusses some of his cases focused on schizophrenia and autism.This was an odd book cases studies that read like general discussions mixed with some theory plus some historical references Overall I found this book interesting in places but don t think I gained any real understanding plus I didn t warm to the author.

  4. says:

    4.5 5Moving and beautifully written.

  5. says:

    Christopher Bollas has a restless spirit This book traces his career from its beginnings in Oakland, California to his current residence outside Pekin, North Dakota with stops along the way in Buffalo, Stockbridge, New York, London and Rome And telephone calls to Norway Throughout these travels and respites, Bollas counsels and learns from schizophrenics people whose lives are dominated by a search for psychological refuge a need fardesperate than anything normals ever experience i Christopher Bollas has a restless spirit This book traces his career from its beginnings in Oakland, California to his current residence outside Pekin, North Dakota with stops along the way in Buffalo, Stockbridge, New York, London and Rome And telephone calls to Norway Throughout these travels and respites, Bollas counsels and learns from schizophrenics people whose lives are dominated by a search for psychological refuge a need fardesperate than anything normals ever experience in their everyday lives It is that search for safety that indicates how schizophrenics might be helped First, by re developing a life narrative that connects them to who they were and, to some extent, still are And, second, by accepting the importance of their behaviours and views as protective and therefore needing transformation rather than elimination As evidenced by the anecdotes Bollas relates, this re connection to reality isn t easy but it is possible And, therefore, there is an alternative to hospitalization and drugs.A key theme of the book is that the worldview of a schizophrenic is understandable if the analyst is patient and perceptive Moreover, that worldview can contain important insights into reality which normals either ignore, fail to see or deny because of their need to get along with life In other words, rather than schizophrenics being dismissed as inexplicably disintegrated selves, they should be viewed as people who, while sane, have seen things differently, oftenacutely, but who have also been unable to handle some triggering traumas or other stresses and consequently have gone into psychological retreat a retreat which can range from mildly dissociative to catatonic The goal is to restore them, better protected, to society.Bollas is at his best when presenting examples of schizophrenic patients, their behaviours and his responses He is at his worst when he slips too far toward the floating world of psychoanalytic jargon The tendency of psychoanalysis to abstract reality into a coterie code is something Bollas has gradually shed in his writing much to the benefit of both psychoanalysis and the educated reading public There is very little jargon in this book.Finally, the book has a list of suggested readings with helpful descriptions of the listed books and why they might be of interest and to whom This is a welcome bonus

  6. says:

    Quite a good book Particularly the description of some of the experiences of his schizophrenic patients were fascinating, like the children he worked with at EBAC Despite that, I wasn t super impressed with his explanation of schizophrenia itself It was mostly case studies and not that many , and trying to fit the experiences in a psychoanalytical fashion, heavily influenced by Lacan He gives examples of the type of experiences dealt in schizophrenia, like auditory hallucinations, sense o Quite a good book Particularly the description of some of the experiences of his schizophrenic patients were fascinating, like the children he worked with at EBAC Despite that, I wasn t super impressed with his explanation of schizophrenia itself It was mostly case studies and not that many , and trying to fit the experiences in a psychoanalytical fashion, heavily influenced by Lacan He gives examples of the type of experiences dealt in schizophrenia, like auditory hallucinations, sense of self, symbolic cosmologies, use of language I me , sexuality and projection I found some of his insights interesting and compelling, others felt like a gigantic stretch and the classic confirmation bias and fantasy building typical of psychoanalysis and I m not particularly against psychoanalysis in general While I understand and sympathize Bollas approach, the fact that close to zero scientific evidence was presented made a hole difficult to ignore The book has parts that are slightly difficult to read, but overall the writing is pretty good It s casual and not very technical, with perhaps the exception of some Lacanian theory Despite feeling that a much better job could have been done, I d still consider it a good read for anyone trying to understand the universe of schizophrenia If you re adverse to psychoanalysis, though, another book will likely be a better choice

  7. says:

    When I picked up this book, I was hoping for stories and case studies about working with schizophrenics Part one of the book does include a variety of stories of working with children at EBAC, and some stories are scattered throughout parts 2 and 3, but a majority of the book is psychoanalytical clinical theory While his theories are compelling and profound, I found the writing style to be dry and felt like I had to slog through to the end There were moments where I felt like I was reading a When I picked up this book, I was hoping for stories and case studies about working with schizophrenics Part one of the book does include a variety of stories of working with children at EBAC, and some stories are scattered throughout parts 2 and 3, but a majority of the book is psychoanalytical clinical theory While his theories are compelling and profound, I found the writing style to be dry and felt like I had to slog through to the end There were moments where I felt like I was reading a textbook I wouldn t assign this reading to a Psych 101 course and I don t think this book could easily be read by someone without any sort of background on psychology, psychoanalytic theory, or schizophrenia.I do admire the author s profound intelligence and compassionate work with those who suffer schizophrenia, but this book doesn t end up on any of my favorites lists

  8. says:

    The last two years i been kind of obsessed about reading about disease, psicosis, metal health and psychology in general so i have read many books in this matter and similar but i did not enjoy this one To be objective is really hard to enjoy a book about schizophrenia but this was not well written enough and it did not feel cohesive and the cases where not the best, in my opinion Also i think i only understood half of what the writer wanted to expose This is ok for a student of the matte The last two years i been kind of obsessed about reading about disease, psicosis, metal health and psychology in general so i have read many books in this matter and similar but i did not enjoy this one To be objective is really hard to enjoy a book about schizophrenia but this was not well written enough and it did not feel cohesive and the cases where not the best, in my opinion Also i think i only understood half of what the writer wanted to expose This is ok for a student of the matter but if you are general public who wants to understand about mental health and madness there are better books about there

  9. says:

    I came for case studies, and enjoyed those bits of the book, but I just couldn t accept that psychoanalysis alone is the one true treatment, and I found the author s ellaborations of why he is right, despite, or perhaps becuase of, the fact that he has little to no actual medical training, hard going If you are a fan of freudian analysis, and think mental illness responds well to the interpretation of metaphors, your take might well be different.

  10. says:

    When the Sun Bursts by Christopher Bollas is a free NetGalley ebook that I read during a evening in mid November Having high hopes for this book, I set right into it after being offered the finished draft.Bollas narrative is a very good balance between being chronological and clinical while still bearing the mantle of Counselor It seems almost short for a non fiction social science novel, but informative in its intent.

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