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

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

byKay Redfield Jamison

Kobo ebook | January 21, 2009

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WITH A NEW PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR

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.

Title:An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and MadnessFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 21, 2009Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307498484

ISBN - 13:9780307498489

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO good Read cover to cover without putting the book down (okay, maybe for a pee break but whatever). Very relatable for anyone who suffers from mental illness.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Incredible I cannot begin to put into words what this book did for my life. After receiving a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, I was recommended this book. Dr. Jamison's writing is raw, authentic, and honest. This book helped me better understand my illness, and gave me immense hope for the future. This memoir is written beautifully, and remains one of the best books I have read. I'd recommend this to anyone struggling with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, or anyone living with mental illness/has loved ones living with it. To echo a previous review, although this is an older book, it is definitely one of the better memoirs on this subject.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I bought this book to try and better understand Bipolar disorder. Very good read, relate-able but the only down fall is all the medical talk can still be confusing. However, it's one of the best books I've read on the subject.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 20+ Years later it's still one of the better books on the subject I really respect Dr Jamison's candor, and her decision to publish her book under her own name- she is frank in the beginning of the book that she is unsure, if not concerned what repercussions there would be for that in terms of her career for doing so. While this is a gross oversimplification of the great writing, the basic point of the book is that she realized that she had an illness, that it was destroying her life, but that it could be treated and she could still a successful, happy and productive person. That might seem obvious to outsiders, but I would assume that for those suffering, it's easy to think that's not a possibility. She doesn't paint herself as a victim, nor does she use the illness to excuse her erratic, destructive and sometimes violent behavior. There is a phenomenon common with those who suffer from bipolar 1 (at the time of publishing, still called manic depression) and schizophrenia do begin a medication, experience a reduction of symptoms, and paradoxically, see this as a reason to stop taking medications. This was the case, too, for Dr Jamison, in spite of her training, and she discussing the devastating consequences of that decision. The book is well-written and doesn't get bogged down by clinical language. It's a great read for anyone who works in mental health, has a spouse/friend/relative who is bipolar, who has it themselves.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, great book. I've read this several times over the years. A very great book when dealing with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this book down I have people in my life who have Manic-Depression. This book helped me understand them more.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazzing! This book was amazing. As someone working in the field it was very interested and provided a great amount of insight that could otherwise not be achieved.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+! Anyone living with a mood disorder, or anyone that wishes to understand a loved one suffering from a mood disorder on a deeper level should read this book!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unquiet Mind Loved this book. As someone living with bipolar, it helped me understand the illness and how others may see it.
Date published: 2015-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bang On! What a bang on read! Truly informative! A great resource! I know that I'm not alone with this disease!
Date published: 2014-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of An Unquiet Mind This book is really touching, I would definitely recommend it for people who have overcome hard times and can relate.
Date published: 2013-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unquiet Mind-Kay Redfield Jamison What do you do when you can't find a psychiciatrist you don't trust understands what you're feeling, find one who shares daily with what you feel. An Unquiet Mind-a biography by Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison who accounts thr her trials and tribulations of Bipolar and how she strives and survives daily with her mood disorder. This a must read for all because chances are you are dealing with your own mood disorder, or know someone who is.
Date published: 2009-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! A very interesting and well written real-life account of someone with a mental illness. I found that once I started reading this book, I couldn't stop. It's a great read!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant & Comforting It is wonderful to have a doctor - who understands the science of it all - and yet is afflicted with it - explain what she can about it and still acknowledge the impossible / unexplainable aspects to the diseases .... She comforts us with her knowledge, experiences, trials and tribulations and determination. She respects those afflicted - and yet scolds people for not trying An amazing read for those affected and for those trying to understand someone who is.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understanding what an excellent book. it made me more aware of the disorder that i had for so long. i found i could associate on many levels with the author. i recommend this book to anyone who has a loved one with bipolar disorder.
Date published: 2002-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bravo I needed a book to make me understand more what my sister is going through. i have a better understanding of this "bipolar" disease and the nessecity to take the medication to regulate her. Kay Jamison is a brave woman to tell her life story about this illness.
Date published: 1999-07-19

From the Author

WITH A NEW PREFACE BY THE AUTHORIn 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.