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An Unquiet Mind


With an introduction by Andrew Solomon I was used to my mind being my best friend. Now, all of a sudden, my mind had turned on me: it mocked me for ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.750

chilling life story - fantastic read

by MICHAEL G on Aug 31, 2014

i am bi-polar as is the author and this book has helped me understand my disease more than any other source.


Great Book

by kdiva07 on 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.


Uniquely valuable

by Francesca on 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?


One of the best first-person accounts of bipolar

by Andolini on Sep 20, 2007

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.

by sjwhaha on 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.

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