When the Sun Bursts

When the Sun Bursts[EPUB] ✻ When the Sun Bursts Author Christopher Bollas – Oaklandjobs.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 radical incarceration mind altering medications isolation and dehumanization  At a time when the treatment of choice is anti psychotic medication world renowned psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas asserts that schizophrenics can be helped by much humane treatments When the PDF \ 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 the ’s 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. 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 uiet the voices in his head while deadening his mind and emotions were not in fact the only possible treatments for his illnessAnd 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 thirty years 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 history has not been high on the list of clinical priorities Instead the patient loses contact with his mind through heavy medication Tragically the treatment he receives becomes a crucial agent in cementing the schizophrenic processEven 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 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 An analyst discusses some of his cases – focused on schizophrenia and autismThis 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 455Moving and beautifully written 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 far desperate 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 drugsA 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 often acutely but who have also been unable to handle some triggering traumas or other stresses and conseuently have gone into psychological retreat – a retreat which can range from mildly dissociative to catatonic The goal is to restore them better protected to societyBollas 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 bookFinally 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 uite 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 Ime 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 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 schizophreniaI 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 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 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 draftBollas' 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 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

When the Sun Bursts eBook Ç When the  PDF \
  • Hardcover
  • 226 pages
  • When the Sun Bursts
  • Christopher Bollas
  • English
  • 03 June 2015
  • 9780300214734