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Bipolar Expeditions:
Mania and Depression in American Culture
Emily Martin

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List of Illustrations xiii
Preface: Ethnographic Ways and Means xv
Acknowledgments xxi

INTRODUCTION: Manic Depression in America 1
Rational and Irrational 5
Brains and Genes 11
The Drug Factor 13
A Short History of Manic Depression 16
Manic Depression in Culture 28
Research Methods 30

PART ONE: Manic Depression as Experience 35

CHAPTER ONE: Personhood and Emotion 37
What Are Moods? 43
Mood and Motivation 49
Our Manic Affinity 51

CHAPTER TWO: Performing the "Rationality" of "Irrationality" 55
Patients' Rationality: Double Bookkeeping 55
Doctors' Rationality: A Closed Circle 59
The Bipolar Experience: Multiplicity 64
The Bipolar Experience: Interruption 69
Sounding a Second Voice 74
Style and Manic Performances 80

CHAPTER THREE: Managing Mania and Depression 86

CHAPTER FOUR: I Now Pronounce You Manic Depressive 99
1. I'm in a Hole 101
2. I Thought I Was Normal When I Was Speedy 102
3. What Is the Diagnosis? 106
4. Who Is Manic? 110
5. What Is Bipolar 2b? 111
6. I Ain't Gonna Mess with It Backwards 114
7. Maybe He Is a Normal Variant 117
8. I'm a Twenty-Year-Old College Student with a 3.75 GPA and I Am Not Crazy 120
Subjection and Rationality 127

CHAPTER FIVE: Inside the Diagnosis 134
DSM Categories as "Text-Atoms" 135
The Work of Support Groups 143
Performativity, Intention, and Diagnosis 147

CHAPTER SIX: Pharmaceutical Personalities 150
Marketing a Psychotropic Drug 150
The Rationality of Consumers 156
Living with Drugs 159

PART TWO: Mania as a Resource 175

CHAPTER SEVEN: Taking the Measure of Moods and Motivations 177
Mood Hygiene 188
Evading Mood Charts 193
From Temperate to Hot 195

CHAPTER EIGHT: Revaluing Mania 197
Sociality and Conformity 198
Manic Depression and Creativity Today 202
Gender and Manic Depression 210
Race and Manic Depression 212
Manic Depression as an "Asset" 216
A Mental State as a "Thing" 220
Understanding Mania and Manic Depression in Their Contexts 229

CHAPTER NINE: Manic Markets 234
Links between Individuals and Markets 234
Learning to Be Manic 239
Mania in the Market 243
Emotion in the Market 250
A Few Manic Heroes, Past and Present 253
Manic Affinity 257
A Few Fallen Heroes 259
The Edge 263

CONCLUSION: The Bipolar Condition 269
Race and Gender Revisited 274
Optimizing Moods 275
The End of Madness? 277

Appendix 281
Notes 287
References 339
Index 363

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