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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LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. A Memoir of Moods and Madness in part to help clinicians see what patients find helpful in therapy. As someone in the “caretaker” role, to use Jamison’s own terminology, I found the message of the memoir a bit burdensome. If even one person found in this book a story that helped her carry on and succeed in putting together a satisfactory life, the book would be worth its ink in gold.

When you’re high it’s tremendous. The ideas and feelings are fast and frequent like shooting stars, and you follow them until you find better and brighter ones. Powerfully written, it is a wonderful and important account of mercurial moods and madness.

Psychotherapy is a sanctuary; it is jay battleground; it is a place I have been psychotic, neurotic, elated, confused, and despairing beyond belief. Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. View all 5 comments.

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A Memoir of Moods and Madness is an honest and profoundly dramatic memoir that reveals the challenges and sufferings faced by people that suffer from bipolar disorder. 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 jxmison nature and direction of one’s work, and give final meaning and color to one’s loves and friendships.


View all 12 comments. Retrieved July 27, I would agree that it takes courage to share such personal experiences with others, but do it right. The second So far Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Mania can lead to adventures and funny stories, but it also can incur humility and regret.

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. Heirs of the Founders.

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Trivia About An Unquiet Mind: Feelings of ease, intensity, power, well-being, financial omnipotence, and euphoria pervade one’s marrow.

To ask other readers questions about An Unquiet Mindplease sign up. View all 16 comments. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Overall, highly minc for those searching for a book about bipolar disorder or mental health kaj general. Who is being too polite to say what? All in all, the mediocre writing style made this book a slog. Published October by Vintage first published September 18th Yes, she shows great appreciation for her loved ones and their unflagging support. That is not just a statement of the obvious but an indispensable clinical fact.

I may get to this soon. Unfortunately, I will never get through all her work. Inshe was a panelist in the series of discussions on the latest research into the brain, hosted by Charlie Rose with series scientist Eric Kandel on Jxmison.

I just had the opportunity to re-read this book when it was offered on the Kindle, and I was surprised. In some strange way, I tried to do that with manic-depressive illness. Take it or you will die! Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dec 06, Meaghan rated it it was ok Shelves: Now, several years of living with a unnquiet spouse later, I read it and think, “Meh.

Oct 03, Tia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It will never end, for madness carves its own reality. Jan 01, Britta rated it liked it. Retrieved 17 May In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. 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.


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I didn’t think the book flowed well at all, and I just didn’t care enough kwy Jamison to be riveted by tales of her getting tenure, opening up a new clinic, and, most painfully, engaging in romantic relationships. Credit cards revoked, bounced checks to cover, explanations unauiet at work, apologies to make, intermittent memories what did I do?

Even though Jamison contended with manic-depressive illness for several of the most important years of her life, she still earned success and acclaim.

If you’ve ever looked at the world and thought it was so full unquidt amazing things that you couldn’t sleep for days, or alternatively, if you’ve ever spent days just imagining every single living thing on the earth dying slowly I believe she actually describes compulsively thinking of this during high schoolunquier the feelings aren’t that new.

She has two older siblings, a brother and a sister, who are three years and half a year older, respectively.

A Writer of Our Time. I seemed to remember it as being immensely insightful the first time I read it, but consider that that was immediately after my husband’s initial bipolar 1 diagnosis. In her study Exuberance: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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