An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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Picador, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 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."--Global Books in Print.

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A coworker gave me An Unquiet Mind after reading it for a work book club. It's a memoir published in 1995 chronicling Kay Redfield Jamison's struggle with bipolar/manic depression that began in the ... Read full review

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For Kay Jamison, madness was a lightning bolt. But it doesn't usually strike like that. There was a great vacuum in this book at the psychotherapeutic level. Read full review

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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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