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Diary of a bipolar explorer / Lucy Newlyn.

  • Newlyn, Lucy
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"In 2002 Lucy Newlyn found herself incarcerated in a mental hospital in Leeds. she had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act as a danger to herself and others during a psychotic episode after several nights without sleep. The psychosis was triggered by nearly three years of grieving for a dead sister, followed by a vigil at her father's deathbed during which she hallucinated that his hospital ward was a trench in the First World War. The episode uncovered psychiatric problems, which led in due course to a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder (manic depression). this condition, which involves extreme moodswings, is classified as a disability and requires medication; but it is also a source of creativity, giving access to some unusual dimensions of human experience. In her fifteen-year diary, Lucy Newlyn discloses recurring episodes of mania, depression, hallucination and paranoid delusion. Describing her struggles with family life and the workplace, she de-mystifies bipolarity and critiques an environment which still, even in the twenty-first century, is suspicious of mental illness. Above all, she celebrates the discovery that writing poetry enables a cathartic engagement with her own condition."--From jacket.


Oxford : Signal Books, 2018.

Physical description

232 pages ; 21 cm


Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-230).



  • English

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    History of Medicine
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  • 9781909930636
  • 1909930636