In fact, argues Kay Redfield Jamison in An Unquiet Mind, the newer name may be the less precise. Is depression really “unipolar” while manic. Kay Redfield Jamison (born June 22, ) is an American clinical psychologist and writer. Jamison wrote An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness in part to help clinicians see what patients find helpful in therapy. J. Wesley Boyd . Johns Hopkins psychiatry professor Jamison, whose Touched with Fire addressed the link between manic-depressive illness and creativity, offers a poignant.

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Shyness goes, the right words and gestures are suddenly there, the power to captivate others a felt certainty.

The ideas and feelings are fast and frequent like shooting stars, and you follow them until you find better and brighter ones.

She comes across as completely honest and she allows herself to be vulnerable in the telling of her story, which makes her exceedingly likeable. Likewise, debilitating depression can cause one to miss out on positive opportunities. As I go back through blog posts, Twitter feeds, book reviews, etc. She has ridden the extreme mania highs and suffered the almost deadly depressions and tells her story with eloquence, humour ubquiet authority. A lot of people seem to have a negative reaction to this book, which I totally get.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Normal people are not always boring. Just seeing how she was able to achieve such professional success while privately dealing with such hellish, frightening moments of near insanity is enough to be massively impressed.

Sensuality is pervasive and the desire to seduce and be seduced is irresistible. What comes through is a remarkably whole person with the grit to defeat her disease. Jamison also dispels the rumor that medicine will numb one’s mind. If that’s your goal as well, I would encourage you to read this.


Just keep your expectations in check. After her diagnosis, she was put on lithium medicationa common drug used to contain moods. Jamison glorifies and romanticizes her disorder, calling it madness and relating her mania may flying around Saturn and dancing in the rain. I guess I like what this book tries to do, but I’m not convinced it was well done. Instead, I found myself wanting the author to remember more clearly how difficult it sometimes is for a person with bipolar disorder to see a way out.

I really enjoyed this book. Manic-Depressive Illness and unauiet Artistic Temperament is Jamison’s exploration of how bipolar disorder can run in artistic or high-achieving families.

I think that the first chapter and mibd last chapter are the only ones with any weight. View all jamisoj comments. Jamison has said she zn an “exuberant” person who longs for peace and tranquility but in the end prefers “tumultuousness coupled to iron discipline” to a “stunningly boring life.

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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. She explains that she and her first husband are still friends — no hard feelings — and leaves it at that. Everything previously moving with the grain is now against- you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and enmeshed totally in the blackest caves of the mind.

But, somewhere, this changes.

nind Here is a sum up of the book: Insert Byron, Edna St. The second So far Be that as it may, I’ve strongly recommended An Unquiet Mind several times, and I can’t judge it by the normal standards that I apply to most books.

The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments. To ask other readers questions about An Unquiet Mindplease sign up.


This one does fascinate me though: But if I could, if I didn’t fear it would color me in such a wild, frightening way, I would talk about it the way Kay Redfield Jamison does. Mar 09, unnquiet misfiticus rated it it was unquirt. May 27, Thomas rated it it was amazing Unqulet You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re “not at all like yourself but will be soon,” but you know you won’t. For a book that is praised for its candor, Jamison did not seem very genuine or candid.

Kay Redfield Jamison

She then found her calling in psychology. Jul 05, stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kay Redfield Jamison is a psychiatrist, an authority on bipolar disorder, and suffers from the condition herself.

There are better books out there. The combination of the intensity of her personal life and the intellectual rigor of her professional experience make the book unique.

Retrieved from ” https: Is it helpful for others, though? Kay Redfield Jamison in I’m glad that Kate Jamison wrote it, because even if it’s flawed as a book, An Unquiet Mind succeeds in providing a crucial sense of the reality of that hope. Unfortunately, I will never get through all her work.

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Now, xn years of living with a bipolar spouse later, I read it and think, “Meh. You never knew those caves were there. Loading comments… Trouble loading? If my husband had access to the level of care that Jamison has enjoyed throughout her life, he’d probably be doing much better. View all 8 comments.