An unquiet mind

by Jamison, Kay R.,

Format: Print Book 1995
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 616.895 J
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  616.895 J
 
 
Upper St. Clair Township Library Biography & Memoir 818 JAMISON
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
 
Collection  Biography & Memoir
 
Call Number  818 JAMISON
 
 
Summary
From a leading international authority on manic-depressive illness--and one of only a handful of women who are full professors of medicine--comes a remarkable personal testimony: the revelation of her own struggle since childhood with manic-depression, and how it has shaped her life.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Psychologist Jamison's controversial Touched with Fire (1993) explored the hypothetical link between artistic creativity and mood disorders, speculating that manic-depressive illness, which may be inherited, somehow enables art while ravaging the artist. Perhaps written in response to opponents of biological psychiatry and accusations of romanticizing the creative possibilities of serious mental illness, her new book recounts her own frightening experience as a manic depressive--a condition she regards as genetically rooted and has publicly disclosed only recently because of her professional position. Although Jamison illuminates the disorder's addictive aspects (which stem from the unusual clarity of thought and increased capabilities it can cause in the manic phase), much of her memoir recalls the horrors of intense depression, which often lead to suicide attempts, as indeed they did in her case ("My body is uninhabitable," she recalls feeling, "raging and weeping and full of destruction and wild energy gone amok" ). Her intermittent refusals to continue prescribed medication cost her relationships and threatened her sanity, but finally, she accepted a Lithium-dependent, relatively stable life. Her account is an act of both personal and professional bravery. (Reviewed August 1995)0679443746Whitney Scott"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Jamison's memoir springs from her dual perspective as both a psychiatric expert in manic depression and a sufferer of the disease. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Jamison, Kay R. -- Mental health.
Manic-depressive persons -- United States -- Biography.
Women college teachers -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :1995
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 223 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0679443746
9780679443742
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