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Buy An Unquiet Mind: A memoir of moods and madness Reprints by Kay Redfield Jamison (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low. 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.

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If my husband had access to the level of care that Jamison has enjoyed throughout her life, he’d probably be doing much better. If you’ve ever looked at the world and thought it was so full of amazing things that you couldn’t sleep for days, or alternatively, if you’ve ever spent days just imagining every unquuiet living thing on the earth dying slowly I believe she actually describes compulsively thinking of this during high schoolthen the feelings aren’t that new.

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.

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Feelings of ease, intensity, power, well-being, financial omnipotence, and euphoria pervade one’s marrow. Royal Society of Edinburgh. That is not just a statement of the obvious but an indispensable clinical fact. Jamison writes about childhood, family and work. Inshe was a panelist in the series of discussions on the latest research into the brain, hosted by Charlie Rose with series scientist Eric Kandel on PBS.

Retrieved October 8, Retrieved December 8, There are interests found in uninteresting people. But if I could, if I didn’t fear it would color me mmind such a wild, midn way, I would talk about it the way Kay Redfield Jamison does.


An Unquiet Mind must be read. I learned very little about what it’s like to actually have manic-depression; Dr. Ujquiet is a brilliant mind, an academic and health care professional and absolute authority on this subject; she lives and breathes the disease but is able to treat her patience with complete and utter understanding. As a result of Jamison’s military background, she grew up in many different places, including FloridaPuerto RicoCaliforniaTokyoand Washington, D.

She went on to found and direct the jay Affective Disorders Clinic, a large teaching and research facility for outpatient treatment.

Lists with This Book. Despite her studies, Jamison did not realize she was bipolar until three months into her first job as a professor in UCLA’s Department mamison Psychology. To ask other readers questions about An Unquiet Mindplease sign up. I work in an academic library therefore I have unlimited access to her work. Her first marriage, for example, ended in perceivable heartbreak when she left her husband on impulse.

As someone in the “caretaker” role, to use Jamison’s own terminology, I found the message of the memoir a bit burdensome. She literally jamjson the book’ on bipolar disorder with co-author Fred Goodwin, M.

Kay Jamison 4 87 Jun 06, It was recommended to me by a therapist thinking I would be interested as someone with bipolar disorder. Overall, highly recommended for those searching for a book about bipolar disorder or mental health in general. Still, I tend to be unnecessarily harsh when it comes to writing skills.

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. Want to Read saving…. But these experiences carry with them feelings. View all 6 comments. She worked as a candy striper at the hospital on the Andrews Air Force Base. Understanding Suicideproviding historical, religious, and cultural responses to suicideas well as the relationship between mental illness and suicide. Mar 09, rachel misfiticus rated it it was ok.

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

She admits that taking lithium played a key part in her recovery, and while taking lithium, she worked and wrote and saw patients. But, somewhere this changes. The fast ideas are too fast, and there are far too many, overwhelming confusion replaces clarity. Jamison preferred to write about her love life and her visits to England. Jamison once attempted suicide by overdosing on mins during a severe depressive episode. I would agree that it takes courage to share such personal experiences with others, but do it right.

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This well-written memoir covers the various events of Kay’s life, while the illness shapes redgield life forward. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed.

Now, several years of living with a bipolar spouse later, I read it and think, “Meh. The fast ideas are far too fast, and there are far too many; overwhelming confusion replaces clarity. And I am, by nature, too mercurial to be anything but deeply wary of the grave unnaturalness involved in any attempt to exert too much control over essentially uncontrollable forces. Retrieved July 27, I guess I like what this book tries to do, but I’m not convinced it was well done. I absolutely love this book.

Archived from the original on January 30, Kay speaks simply of her problem: She also studied zoology and neurophysiology as an undergraduate at the University of St.

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