This work is a personal testimony from Kay Redfield Jamison: the revelation of her struggle with manic depression since adolescence, and how it has shaped her life. The book follows her through college, a love affair, her battle with the illness, bouts of madness, violence and attempted suicide.This work is a personal testimony from Kay Redfield Jamison: the revelation of her struggle with manic depression since adolescence, and how it has shaped her life. The book follows her through college, a love affair, her battle with the illness, bouts of madness, violence and attempted suicide.Read Less
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i am bi-polar as is the author and this book has helped me understand my disease more than any other source.
Feb 5, 2009
A very informative and personal account of bi-polar disorder. Not very many technical terms,easy and engrossing to read. I could readily identify with many of the author's symptoms and situations. . Very helpful,even shared passages with my therapist.
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?
Sep 20, 2007
One of the best first-person accounts of bipolar
This is truly a phenomenal book. Dr. Jamison's description of her fight with manic depression is both wonderfully informative and helpful, especially for anyone who has the crippling disorder. And if you don't, then it will cultivate empathy for this segment of the population. Highly recommended.
Jul 26, 2007
I found this book very interesting and informative. She really takes you into her mind with her, the good, the bad, all of it.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-07-17 Johns Hopkins psychiatry professor Jamison, whose Touched with Fire addressed the link between manic-depressive illness and creativity, offers a poignant and powerful memoir of her own struggles with and triumphs over the disease. Her story suggests that, yes, with lithium as regulator, psychotherapy as sanctuary, professional support and love, manic-depressive illness can be managed. The illness is often genetic, and Jamison's exuberant but depressive father was a portent. Her first wave of mania came in high school, but college was a struggle marked by violent moods and passions, and grad school pushed her over the edge. During her first decade on lithium, the drug's side effects blurred her vision so that she could concentrate only on journal articles or poetry. Eventually she attempted suicide. The author's traumas helped drive her academic passions; her work also led her to a happy marriage. She has not had children of her own and raises eloquentĉunanswerableĉquestions about manic-depressives bearing children. 75,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates; author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1996-09-03 Jamison's memoir springs from her dual perspective as both a psychiatric expert in manic depression and a sufferer of the disease. (Oct.)
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