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Project: Philosophical Explorations of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder (BD) is a severe and common lifelong mental illness with extensive existential ramifications alongside its psychological and physical symptoms. These existential issues - which are crucial to bipolar individuals' wellbeing - are traditionally philosophical topics. However, philosophical investigations that could address and resolve these concerns (e.g. whether BD is inseparable from one's personality) and other conceptual difficulties (e.g. whether bipolar depression and major depressive disorder are distinct) that influence how bipolar individuals and clinicians understand and handle the illness are sparse.
As BD has not been subjected to extensive philosophical scrutiny, conceptual issues about its nature, manifestations, and management have been neglected. It is necessary to address and identify these issues, as they scaffold understanding how BD affects individuals, dealing with its symptoms, devising treatment programs, developing new medications, future descriptions in psychiatric manuals such as the DSM and ICD, and even insurance coverage policies.
Postdoctoral Fellow from 07/2020 until 06/2023