Uniquely valuable Feb 8, 2008
Kay Jamison has the reputation, painfully acquired, of being one of the foremost world experts on Manic-Depression Illness--not only from her brilliant research and clinical experience as a psychologist, but also from her intimate personal experience of the disease. Here is a psychologist telling the story, from both a professional and personal viewpoint, of what the inner world of such a sufferer is like. She asks, for instance, the shattering question of why people choose to go off the medication in which lies their only hope of moderating such terrible pain and inner dislocation?
It can be difficult for those of us who have never known the such mental horrors and their effects on relationships, career, emotional balance, as well as the sheer ability to ward off suicide, to get into the heart of sufferers from this wracking disease. But when a such a presentation as Dr Jamison's is available, would it not be culpable in us to avoid learning from her of the mental world in which so many of our brothers and sisters are imprisoned, and of the amount and kind of relief that is possible. Whom may we might not meet on the way of our own lives who could benefit by our knowledge? And what unawakened areas of our hearts need to be jolted into compassion and understanding?