The narrative of human lives is more or less absent in healthcare economies ...

We live in an age that pays lip service to history, yet which continually undermines the ties we have to the past. The narrative of human lives is more or less absent in healthcare economies, where symptoms are seen as problems to be treated locally, rather than as signs that something is wrong at a more fundamental level. If the constellation of the manic depressive includes a difficulty in integrating a part of his or her history, society’s neglect of this dimension can only make things worse.

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here http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/26/human-touch-in-bipolar-times
Darian Leader’s Strictly Bipolar is published next month by Penguin

 

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