An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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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; she has also experienced it firsthand. For even 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 attempted 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.




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About Kay Redfield Jamison

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Kay Redfield Jamison is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the author of the national best sellers An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, and Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. She is coauthor of the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness and author or coauthor of more than one hundred scientific papers about mood disorders, creativity, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Jamison, the recipient of numerous national and international scientific awards, was distinguished lecturer at Harvard University in 2002 and the Litchfield lecturer at the University of Oxford in 2003. She is a John P. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published January 16, 2009 by Vintage. 237 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Mood-disorder specialist Jamison (Psychiatry/Johns Hopkins) comes clean about her own mood disorder: manic-depression.

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Jamison's memoir springs from her dual perspective as both a psychiatric expert in manic depression and a sufferer of the disease.

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Johns Hopkins psychiatry professor Jamison, whose Touched with Fire addressed the link between manic-depressive illness and creativity, offers a poignant and powerful memoir of her own struggles with and triumphs over the disease.

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Entertainment Weekly

Kay Redfield Jamison, a coauthor of the standard medical text on manic depression, here reveals her own struggles with the disorder.

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But ultimately it's obvious that her increasingly erratic and dangerous mood swings are too high a price to pay and that continuous medical and psychological treatment are essential to a productive life.

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In essence, she is arguing for diversity, for a society in which those whose brains differ chemically from the norm can be accepted, appreciated and loved.

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London Review of Books

She subscribes to the current view of bipolar illness: that there is almost certainly a genetic predisposition, and that it must be managed throughout the course of the patient’s life with drugs, preferably lithium.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

What did puzzle me when I began her book is that Kay Redfield Jamison, a brilliant physician, even after assessing and acknowledging her illness, refused medication for more than ten years.

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Looking for a book to help you or a loved one better understand bipolar disorder (also called manic depression)?

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