An unquiet mind

by Jamison, Kay R.

Format: Print Book 1996
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In her bestselling classic, An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison changed the way we think about moods and madness.

Dr. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness;nbsp;she has also experienced it firsthand. For evennbsp;while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, Jamison found herself succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients, as her disorder launched her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attemptednbsp;suicide.

Here Jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication. An Unquiet Mind is a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom--a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives.

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 :Vintage Books,1996
Edition 1st Vintage Books ed.
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1995.
Description 223 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0679763309
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