Bipolar expeditions is a wonderful book it is compellingly written elegantly structured both deeply scholarly and intensely personal destined to become an instant classic the book offers a strikingly original argument with the potential to change forever how the reader thinks about mental illness martin is a master of popular culture. Bipolar expeditions argues that mania and depression have a cultural life outside the confines of diagnosis that the experiences of people living with bipolar disorder belong fully to the human condition and that even the most so called rational everyday practices are intertwined with irrational ones martins own experience with bipolar . This book was basically my life for a whole semester emily martins bipolar expeditions takes a focused look at united states culture and society particularly in regards to how it views people with bipolar disorder and to an extent other mental illness as well. Directed by mark james midlands businessman paul downes hires a castle in jamaica and invites 12 young ukrainian women to join him in the hope one will marry him paul suffers bi polar disorder and has a manic episode his plans turn bizarre and troubling. Bipolar expeditionsseeks to understand manias appeal and how it weighs on the lives of americans diagnosed with manic depression anthropologist emily martin guides us into the fascinating and sometimes disturbing worlds of mental health support groups mood charts psychiatric rounds the pharmaceutical industry and psychotropic drugs
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