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Antonia White and Manic-Depressive Illness$
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Patricia Moran

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474418218

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418218.001.0001

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The Beast in White’s Jungle: Manic-Depressive Illness

The Beast in White’s Jungle: Manic-Depressive Illness

(p.39) Chapter 1 The Beast in White’s Jungle: Manic-Depressive Illness
Antonia White and Manic-Depressive Illness

Patricia Moran

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses White’s illness within the context of medical and subjective accounts of bipolar disorder. It opens with a selective overview of White’s life that highlights the key sites of disruption and signs of illness. It then turns to an overview of manic-depressive illness, followed by a more detailed description of the characteristics of manic, depressive and mixed episodes. It ends with a brief comparison of White’s experiences of illness to those of her contemporary Virginia Woolf. This comparison demonstrates not only the diverse expressions of manic-depressive illness but also the different approaches that the writers themselves as well as family members adopted to cope with it.

Keywords:   Manic-Depressive Illness, Virginia Woolf, Symptoms, Treatment

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