By Peter C. Whybrow

"A compassionate exploration of melancholy and manic-depression."
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"The so much thorough and wide-ranging dialogue for lay readers in regards to the interaction of the actual and emotional components of melancholy and manic-depression... His presentation is illuminating, and the case histories reveal his sensitivity and ability as a clinician.... Whybrow's presentation deals a deeper figuring out of, besides a humane and clever method of those very troubling illnesses."
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Her three days o f tears we may see as the protest phase o f that grief, and then the inevitable return to her literature, which had always worked for her in the past, as the phase o f withdrawal. It was in this state o f grieving— perhaps through inattention or preoccupation, it is difficult to reconstruct— that she had driven o ff the road that icy afternoon. ” For Claire, the accident was little more than what Styron describes as an “ominous way station” be­ tween the initial grief of disappointment and the melancholic descent that was to follow.

In fact, the life she had con­ structed for herself in Paris as an adolescent, she remembered with warmth and fondness. She was extraordinarily well read and a fine ed­ itor. She had loyal friends and acquaintances through her work, and loved the energy she discovered in the world of books. 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.

Now there wasn’t a great deal for Claire to do, but to Elliot’s surprise this seemed only to make things worse. He was perplexed. How could Claire want for a better life? Claire spent most of the day reading. ” Through the day she began sipping steadily from a glass o f wine, a habit she had acquired during her solitary teenage years in France. ” She was seen by the best specialists in Montreal, including Wilder Penfield, the famous neurosurgeon and a friend o f the family, but no ex­ planation could be found.

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