With an introduction by Andrew Solomon 'It stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty.' Oliver Sacks 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 my vapid enthusiasms; it laughed at all of my foolish plans; it no longer found anything ...Read MoreWith an introduction by Andrew Solomon 'It stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty.' Oliver Sacks 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 my vapid enthusiasms; it laughed at all of my foolish plans; it no longer found anything interesting or enjoyable or worthwhile. Dr Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic depression (bipolar disorder) - and has experienced its terrors and cruel allure first-hand. While pursuing her career in medicine, she was affected by the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic lows that afflicted many of her patients. From her jubilant childhood to the disquiet that has dominated her adult life, she charts a journey through her own mind, and those of others. An Unquiet Mind is a definitive examination of manic depression from both sides: doctor and patient, the healer and the healed. A classic memoir of enormous candour and courage, it teems with the wit and wisdom of its creator.Read Less
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.
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