An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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Picador, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
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This work is a personal testimony from Kay Redfield Jamison: the revelation of her struggle with manic depression since adolescence, and how it has shaped her life. The book follows her through college, a love affair, her battle with the illness, bouts of madness, violence and attempted suicide.

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Review: An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

User Review  - Elaine - Goodreads

First read in 2003. Re-read in 2015. Vague, impressionistic descriptions of author's feelings and experiences. "Tells" rather than "shows" what it's been like for her to have manic depression. Book ... Read full review

Review: An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

User Review  - Maggie - Goodreads

I've always been interested in mental states and moods and have long wanted to read this book. Now especially seemed the right time, as Henriette, the protagonist of my forthcoming novel, battles ... Read full review

About the author (1997)

Clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison was born on June 22, 1946. She received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is considered one of the foremost experts on bipolar disorder, which she has had since her early adulthood. She is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the author of numerous books including An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness; Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide; and Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament.

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