Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 185–205

“A Fire in the Blood”: Metaphors of Bipolar Disorder in Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind

  • Thomas J. Schoeneman
  • Janel Putnam
  • Ian Rasmussen
  • Nina Sparr
  • Stephanie Beechem
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10912-012-9177-5

Cite this article as:
Schoeneman, T.J., Putnam, J., Rasmussen, I. et al. J Med Humanit (2012) 33: 185. doi:10.1007/s10912-012-9177-5

Abstract

Content analysis of three chapters of Jamison’s memoir, An Unquiet Mind, shows that depression, mania, and Bipolar Disorder have a common metaphoric core as a sequential process of suffering and adversity that is a form of malevolence and destruction. Depression was down and in, while mania was up, in and distant, circular and zigzag, a powerful force of quickness and motion, fieriness,strangeness, seduction, expansive extravagance, and acuity. Bipolar Disorder is down and away and a sequential and cyclical process that partakes of the metaphors of its component moods. We conclude that metaphors of mood disorders share a number of structural features and are consistent across different authors.

Keywords

MetaphorDepressionManiaBipolar DisorderRecovery

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Schoeneman
    • 1
  • Janel Putnam
    • 1
  • Ian Rasmussen
    • 1
  • Nina Sparr
    • 1
  • Stephanie Beechem
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLewis & Clark CollegePortlandUSA