Dr Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive illness. She has also experienced it first-hand. For even while she ...Show synopsisDr Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive illness. She has also experienced it first-hand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, she was affected by the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients. An Unquiet Mind is a memoir of enormous candour, courage, wit and wisdom, which examines manic depression from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and its cruel allure. First published fifteen years ago, it remains the definitive book on manic depression.Hide synopsis
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Description:Excellent. Depression & Mood Disorders. US: Vintage. Paperback....Excellent. Depression & Mood Disorders. US: Vintage. Paperback. Excellent. Editorial Reviews Review In Touched wit h Fire, Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychiatrist, turned a mirror on the creat ivity so often associated with mental illness. In this book sh e turns that mirror on herself. With breathtaking honesty she tells of her own manic d epression, the bitter costs of her illness, and its paradoxical benefits: "There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness and terr or involv ed in this kind of madness....It will never end, for madness carv es its o wn reality." This is one of the best scientific autobiographies eve r writt en, a combination of clarity, truth, and insight into human characte r. "We are all, as Byron put it, differently organized, " Jamison writes. "W e eac h move within the restraints of our temperament and live up only parti ally to its possibilities." Jamison's ability to live fully within her limi tat ions is an inspiration to her fellow mortals, whatever our particular bu rd ens may be. --Mary Ellen Curtin From Publishers Weekly Jamison's memoir spr ings from her dual perspective as both a psychiatric ex pert in manic depre ssion and a sufferer of the disease. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Informat ion, Inc. 219p pp.
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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.
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?
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.
This book gave a personal account of the author's experience with bipolar disorder. I got insight into what my family member is dealing with in a way that he has not as yet been able to verbalize to me. The description of the struggles from the perspective of a professional in the field who struggles with the disorder themselves was powerful for me. I think this is one of the best books to read for anyone trying to understand the disorder. Very personal, very well written and an easy read.
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