In fact, argues Kay Redfield Jamison in An Unquiet Mind, the newer name may be the less precise. Is depression really “unipolar” while manic. 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 . Johns Hopkins psychiatry professor Jamison, whose Touched with Fire addressed the link between manic-depressive illness and creativity, offers a poignant.

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Here Jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer unqquiet the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication. Because I honestly believe that as a result of it I have felt more things, more deeply; had more experiences, more intensely; loved more, and been more loved; laughed more often for having cried more often; appreciated more the springs, for all the winters; seen the finest and the more terrible in people, and slowly learned the values of caring, loyalty, and seeing things through.

But she paints a cohesive picture of what it’s like to live as a never-ending captive to these see-sawing feelings. I seemed to myself to be dull, boring, inadequate, thick-brained, unlit, unresponsive, chill skinned, bloodless, and sparrow drab.

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Humor ,ind absorption on friends’ faces are replaced by fear and concern. Her arguments flow from a view of major mental illnesses as the downstream biological effects of genetic disorders, and she perhaps underplays environmental factors. It has been a fascinating, albeit deadly, enemy and companion; I have found it to be seductively complicated, a distillation both of what is finest in our natures, and of what is most dangerous.

Retrieved October 8, Jamison has said she is an “exuberant” person who longs for peace and tranquility but in the end prefers “tumultuousness coupled to iron discipline” to a “stunningly boring life. Mar 09, rachel misfiticus rated it it was ok. I write little jamixon revolving around my manic episodes. Clinicians and Mental Health Memoirs. View all 13 comments.


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

From Wikipedia, the unwuiet encyclopedia. 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 iamison single 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.

Feb 02, Belinda rated it it was ok Shelves: Jamison, writing in the mids, says she felt personally affronted by the term “bipolar”. Show 25 25 50 All.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Unfortunately, I will never get through all her work. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Jamison also dispels the rumor that medicine will numb one’s mind. Kamison Boyd, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts University’s School of Medicine, wrote, “Jamison’s description [of the debt she owed her psychiatrist] illustrates the importance of merely being present for our patients and not trying to soothe them with platitudes or promises of a better future.

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I don’t know–I’m conflicted this time around. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. My family and friends support me and love me.

It’s just such a great illustration mindd how intelligence and knowledge aren’t assets at all — and might even be liabilities — when it comes to understanding and accepting one’s own psychiatric disorder.

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Everything All at Once. I think this book may be more useful to friends and family of people with bipolar disorder than those trying to dig their way out from mania or depression.

You never knew those caves were there. It makes some sense of the confusion, reins in the terrifying thoughts and feelings, returns some control and hope and possibility of learning from na all.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Kay prefers the term manic depression to bipolar disorder because it is both more expressive of her experience and, ultimately, more clinically accurate.

Actually, a lot of the most annoying and boring parts of this book — e. View all 15 comments. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Yes, she shows great appreciation for her loved ones and their unflagging support.

I think that the first chapter and the last chapter are the only ones with any weight. Also by Kay Redfield Jamison. Please try again later. She admits that taking lithium played a key part in her recovery, and while taking lithium, she worked and wrote and saw patients.

View all 11 comments. I wanted to like this book, unquirt it fell so far from my expectations. As someone in the “caretaker” role, to use Jamison’s own terminology, I found the message of the memoir a bit burdensome. I learned very little about what it’s like to actually have manic-depression; Dr. Aug 27, Lizzy rated it really liked it Shelves: It is, at the end of the day, the individual moments of restlessness, of bleakness, of strong persuasions and maddened enthusiasms, that inform one’s life, change the nature and direction of one’s work, and give final meaning and color to one’s loves and friendships.

Published October by Vintage first published September 18th This seems to me of tremendous kzy. She glossed over her suicide attempt and the only description of hospitalization is that of one of her patients. To ask other readers questions about An Unquiet Mindplease sign up.