In fact, argues Kay Redfield Jamison in An Unquiet Mind, the newer name may be the less precise. Is depression really “unipolar” while manic. Ecerpt from Kay Redfield Jamison’s “An Unquiet Mind,” a memoir of having manic depressive illness. 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 .

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Her seminal works among laypeople are her memoir An Unquiet Mindwhich details her experience with severe mania and depressionand Night Falls Fast: SWF with mood disorder seeks tall, charming, handsome man for lots of passionate lovemaking; must be compassionate, understanding, and artistic.

Jamison glorifies and romanticizes her disorder, calling it madness and relating her mania to flying around Saturn and dancing in the rain. Love and protection around Dr. Powerful and honest writing sets An Unquiet Mind apart from other books, and I look forward to reading more of Jamison’s works.

I see An Unquiet Mind as performing a specific and vital function, at which I think it succeeds extremely well: Powerfully written, it is a wonderful unquet important account of mercurial moods and madness.

An Unquiet Mind

I didn’t think the book flowed well at all, and I just didn’t care enough about Jamison to be riveted by tales of her getting tenure, opening up a new clinic, and, most painfully, engaging in romantic relationships.

I didn’t find Jamison a particularly likable person, and this wasn’t great literature, though it did go down fast and smooth.


I read An Unquiet Mind because I wanted to learn more about bipolar disorder. Want to Read saving…. View all 18 comments.

As an example, she cites Lord Byron and his relatives. Heck, I’d like to get in on some of that, myself. Psychotherapy is a sanctuary; it is a battleground; it is a place I have been psychotic, neurotic, elated, confused, and despairing beyond belief.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

A compelling work of literature. There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness, and terror involved in this kind of madness. Unfortunately, I will never get through all her work. A Memoir of Moods and Madness is a memoir about living with manic depression by Kay Redfield Jamisonwho is a clinical unquie and professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Looking for More Great Reads? Anyone trying to deny unqkiet have this condition even after a positive diagnosis.

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Fancy a 1kg text book anyone?! Stay in Touch Sign up. She also studied zoology and neurophysiology as an undergraduate at the University of St.

Archived from the original on Her work has centered on bipolar disorderwhich she has had since her early adulthood. The Acknowledgements section states that Goodwin “received unrestricted educational grants to support the production of this book from Abbott, AstraZeneca, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Forest, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and Sanofi”, but that although Jamison has “received occasional lecture honoraria from AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, and Eli Lilly” she “has received no research support from any pharmaceutical or biotechnology company” and donates her royalties to a non-profit foundation.

As previously mentioned, I expected just that from this book based on its presentation to me. Please try again later. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There are some wonderful passages in which she borrows from images in poetry and literature, and those, for me, make the book worth reading. Shyness goes, the right words and gestures are suddenly there, the power to captivate others a felt certainty. Despite her studies, Jamison did not realize she was bipolar until three months into her first job as a professor in UCLA’s Department of Psychology.

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Virginia Woolf, in her dives and climbs, said it all, “How far do our feelings take their colour from the dive underground? Still, I tend to be unnecessarily harsh when it comes to writing skills. Archived from the original on 16 May Oct 03, Tia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It seems to have been written more FOR herself than about herself, if that makes sense–it reads as very personal and cathartic.

Being diagnosed with a psychotic disorder is terrifying and can be very dehumanizing. Lists with This Book.

Credit cards revoked, bounced checks to cover, explanations due at work, apologies to make, intermittent memories what did I do? Would love to meet her in real life. It makes some sense of the confusion, reins in the terrifying thoughts and feelings, returns some control and hope and possibility of learning from it all. Peter Duchin and Charles Michener.

Which of my feelings are real? It was recommended to me by a therapist thinking I would be interested as someone with bipolar disorder. This was the first book everyone was recommending back then.