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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Loading comments… Trouble loading? Kay Redfield Jamison at Wikipedia’s sister projects. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Jamison writes about childhood, family and work. Likewise, debilitating depression can cause one to miss out on positive opportunities. Anyone trying to deny they have this condition even after a positive diagnosis.

That only reads as a compliment the first few times, then it becomes a sledge-hammer of obligation and guilt. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re “not at all like yourself but will be soon,” but you know you won’t.

People are often scared that they’ll never be able to have romantic relationships, that they won’t be able to work, that their brains will never function properly. Instead, I found myself wanting the author to remember more clearly how difficult it sometimes is for a person with bipolar disorder to see a way out.

What comes through is a remarkably whole person with the grit to defeat her disease. The rest of the book can be recycled.

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Dec 06, Meaghan rated it it was ok Shelves: As an example, she cites Lord Byron and his mimd. Love and protection around Dr. Jamison has also been criticized.


There are mijd found in uninteresting people. University of St Andrews. Her accomplishments speak to how mental illness should not be construed as a crutch that will inevitably handicap all those affected by it.

The fast ideas are far too fast, and there are far too many; overwhelming confusion replaces clarity. Everything previously moving with the grain is now against … you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and emerged totally in the blackest caves of the mind.

Books by Kay Redfield Jamison. I work in an academic library therefore I have unlimited access to her work.

Lists with This Book. Archived from the original on 16 May She went on to found and direct the school’s Affective Disorders Clinic, a large teaching and research facility for outpatient treatment.

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I learned very little about what it’s like to actually have manic-depression; Dr. Feb 18, Julie Ehlers rated it it was ok Shelves: I found myself highly skeptical of the author’s management of the illness considering her unlimited access to psychiatric treatment and information from experts.

Mania can lead to adventures and funny stories, but it also can incur humility and regret. I’m glad that Kate Jamison wrote it, because even if it’s flawed as a book, An Unquiet Mind succeeds in providing a crucial sense of the reality of that hope. In Night Falls FastJamison dedicates a chapter to American public policy and public opinion as it relates to suicide. View all 8 comments. Sensuality is pervasive and the desire to seduce and be seduced irresistible.

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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. Being diagnosed with a psychotic disorder is terrifying and can be very dehumanizing. Would love to meet her in real life. Goodwin is considered a classic textbook on bipolar disorder.


The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments. A Memoir of Moods and Madness is a memoir about living with manic depression by Kay Redfield Jamisonwho is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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

Kay Uunquiet Jamison born June 22, is an American clinical psychologist and writer who is one of the foremost experts on bipolar disorder. Jamison, writing in the mids, says she felt personally affronted by the term “bipolar”.

Jan 12, Minutes. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: 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, Jaison, 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.

She made it through a PhD in psychology and became one of the foremost authorities in her field before finally getting the consistent treatment she needed.