An Unquiet Mind

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Vintage Books, 1996 - Psychology - 240 pages
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As a founder of UCLA's Affective Disorder Clinic and a co-author of a standard medical text, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison may be the foremost authority on manic-depressive illness.  She is also one of its survivors.  And it is this dual perspective -- as healer and healed -- that makes Jamison's memoir so lucid, learned, and profoundly affecting.

Even as she was pursuing her psychiatric training, Jamison found herself succumbing to the exhilarating highs and paralyzing lows that afflicted many of her patients. Though the disorder brought her seemingly boundless energy and mercurial creativity, it also propelled her into spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempt at suicide.  

Powerfully candid, exceptionally wise, An Unquiet Mind is one of those rare books that has the power to transform lives -- and even save them.

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There are no words to describe at how Kay Redfield Jamison, describes her encounters and life battle with Manic-Depressive Illness. I myself being manic-depressive, I try to read the book "An Unquiet Mind" at least once a year. To remind myself that I'm not in this alone. Many of the pages are coated in highlighter yellow....and there are passages that I will never forget and even recite many of the lines in my head during random moments. I believe Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the most powerful women and it just goes to show you that no matter what life throws at you, you can always overcome it, even when it seems impossible! 

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I am really shocked by all the 5 star reviews this is getting. There are a lot of books out there about mental illness and its impact on people's (especially women's) lives - both those who suffer ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
THE WILD BLUE YONDER
9
A NOT SO FINE MADNESS
65
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Kay Redfield Jamison lives in Washington, DC.

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