An Unquiet Mind

An Unquiet Mind

By Kay Redfield Jamison

  • Release Date: 1995-09-05
  • Genre: Psychology
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Description

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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reviews

  • Accurate & eloquent

    5
    By Brittmckit89
    A close friend recommended this book to me when she felt that I might have bipolar disorder. Reading it now for the second time makes me realize how this book and my friend saved my life. If not for the pair I may have been stuck in a whirlwind of self destructive mood swings indefinitely. It's a must read for anyone who's curious about the illness, whether it effects them or not.
  • An Unquiet Mind

    5
    By Understanding my daughter
    A must read for those trying to understand bipolar disorder in the family.
  • An Unquiet Mind

    5
    By kasi159
    Thank you.
  • Helpful for Understanding my own madness

    5
    By Triathalady
    Well written and gives a real understanding of what this illness is like. I felt less alone knowing that someone who is so successful has been through so much. Gave me hope in my treatment. Changed my life.
  • Difficult Read

    3
    By firemarshal2
    While a great scientific and medical insight to Dr. Jamison's life, it was rather clinical. I did manage to glean information from it to help me with my own Bipolar illness.
  • An amazing read

    5
    By Lovelyshewolf
    I would recommend this book to anyone with bipolar or anyone who loves someone with bipolar. It brings such an understanding to those who don't know about this illness and brings comfort to those who live through it every day
  • Bipolar bible

    5
    By Liz121
    This book is incredible. Anyone who is living w bipolar disorder or knows someone close to them has bipolar needs to read this book. It sheds light on what it feels like and means to be bipolar. It changed my life and my treatment.

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