An Unquiet Mind

An Unquiet Mind

Book - 1995
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From a leading international authority on manic-depressive illness--and one of only a handful of women who are full professors of medicine--comes a remarkable personal testimony: the revelation of her own struggle since childhood with manic-depression, and how it has shaped her life.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679443742
Branch Call Number: 616.89/JAMI
Characteristics: 224p. 22cm.


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SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

This is a story about the author and how her manic depressive illness has affected her. Interesting read, devastating and vindicating.

Aug 03, 2012

This memoir fell far from my expectations. The writing sounded cold, impersonal, and clinical. Author should have focused more on the details of the manias and depressions, instead of the accomplishments in her career. However, I praise her for having the courage to write it.


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Jun 27, 2008

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Aug 03, 2012

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.


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SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

"Manic-depressive illness forces one to deal with many aspects of growing old- with its physical and mental infirmities- many decades in advance of age itself."


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