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F the hardest times we have to live through In this book Darian Leader urges us to look beyond the catch al Outstanding analysis Bit jargonny in the middle but there is some very moving stuff in here

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The New Black Mourning Melancholia and Depression

What happens when we lose someone we love A death a separation or the break up of a relationship are some o 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 melancholiaIn 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 reuiring 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 uestion 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 reuires us to inhabit not simply recognize the negation Both reuire 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

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L concept of depression to explore the deeper unconscious ways in which we respond to the experience of los The clich that losses need to be worked through so that we can move beyond them suggests that mourning is something that can be done and dusted We are encouraged so often to get over a loss yet bereaved people and those who have experienced tragic losses know full well that it is less a uestion of getting over a loss and on with life than finding a way to make that loss a part of one s life Living with loss is what matters and writers and artists show us the many different ways in which this can be doneWhen Lacan observed that we can only mourn someone of whom we can say I was their lack it implies precisely this uestion of what we were for the Other Being someone s lack means that they have projected their own sense of lack on to you in other words they love you We love after all those who seem to have something we don t In this sense part of the work of mourning involves mourning the imaginary object that we were for the OtherWhen Freud comes to discuss ways that life might yet be made bearable he uotes Frederick the Great s saying that each person must invent a way to save him or herself Perhaps surprisingly he makes no mention of psychoanalysis here Instead Freud names not psychoanalysis but culture as the only possible panacea for the terrible demands that civilized life places upon us In other words he is saying that it is the arts that can save us Marriage by Deception you in other words they love A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House you We love after all those who seem to have something we don t In this sense part of the work of mourning involves mourning the imaginary object that we were for the OtherWhen Freud comes to discuss ways that life might Matthews Choice yet be made bearable he uotes Frederick the Great s saying that each person must invent a way to save him or herself Perhaps surprisingly he makes no mention of psychoanalysis here Instead Freud names not psychoanalysis but culture as the only possible panacea for the terrible demands that civilized life places upon us In other words he is saying that it is the arts that can save us


10 thoughts on “The New Black Mourning Melancholia and Depression

  1. says:

    This is a fascinating and necessary study in which Leader a psychoanalyst practicing in London argues for the fun

  2. says:

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

  3. 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 argumen

  4. says:

    This book got me thinking it really did And it got me writing uotes down As someone with a background in Psychology this book was interesting to explore both the topic and the freudian view on itThe use of films to describe certain in

  5. says:

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

  6. says:

    Best book ever

  7. says:

    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 uick measurable solutions We all know this critiue sadly Darian does not go into any effort to show any proof of thisWhat he does do is give geneal

  8. says:

    The cliché that losses need to be worked through so that we can move beyond them suggests that mourning is something that can be done and dusted We are encouraged so often to ‘get over’ a loss yet bereaved people and those who have experienced tragic losses know full well that it is less a uestion of getting over a loss and on with life than finding a way to make that loss a part of one’s life Living with loss is what mat

  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

  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 uite what I was hopi

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