To be clear, this book does not offer suggestions on how to manage the disorder or detailed descriptions of the symptoms. . There’s almost no dialogue and no sense of anyone’s character other than in the adjectives she chooses for them. Starting in her teenage years, Dr. Jamison (she is also a Ph.D in psychology)describes the roller coaster of her own emotional health.With just a short remission during the years she was working on her graduate studies, her illness repeatedly returned... characterized by extreme highs in her moods and thinking processes (mania) and very low periods of extreme depression. A very good read. . Take me to the things " MUSIC. I previously read and was highly impressed by Kay Jamison's book Night Falls Fast-Understanding Suicide, and looked forward with high hopes to this one. . Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! An Unquiet Mind is a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives. A fascinating and even very well written insight from a woman who is both a Psychiatrist who treats it and suffers from it. 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. At various times in her life, four different, and we are told wonderful, men fall in love with her at first sight, and we aren’t shown why. Please try again. Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2019. Mood-disorder specialist Jamison (Psychiatry/Johns Hopkins) comes clean about her own mood disorder: manic-depression. There are so many people out there without the resources or the knowledge to help themselves and it drives me nuts to read about these intellects roaming around their universities and labs, pontificating in lectures when they could be reaching out to the people who so desperately need their help. . . A classic memoir of enormous candour and courage, it teems with the wit and wisdom of its creator. She was unlikeable and unreadable. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2019. . Please try your request again later. fluid, felt and often lyrical.” —Will Self, The Observer (London) “Quite astonishing. The combination of the intensity of her personal life and the intellectual rigor of her professional experience make the book unique. Jamison's memoir springs from her dual perspective as both a psychiatric expert in manic depression and a sufferer of the disease. Something went wrong. I owe the author a huge thanks for giving me some idea what my loved one may be going through so thank you for a truly wonderful book. I was especially touched by the account of her encounter with the doctor on pages 81 through 89. An Unquiet Mind is a memoir of enormous candour, courage, wit and wisdom, which examines manic depression from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and its cruel allure. Powerfully candid, exceptionally wise, An Unquiet Mind is one of those rare books that has the power to transform lives -- and even save them. . It has, at its best, made the inherent sadness of life bearable, and its beauty manifest. A professor of psychiatry and specialist in bipolar disorder, which she prefers to call manic-depressive illness, Kay Redfield Jamison suffers from the condition herself, and this is her autobiography. From the author of the best-selling memoir An Unquiet Mind, comes the first major book in a quarter century on suicide, and its terrible pull on the young in particular.Night Falls Fast is tragically timely: suicide has become one of the most common killers of Americans between the ages of fifteen and forty-five. She is not the average every day person, but I feel as if I am in the presence of a genius who is ahead of everybody I have ever known. I found it very engaging and rapidly became fully immersed in Jamison’s candid inside story on what it is like to live with manic-depression (aka bipolar I disorder). She is also one of its survivors. 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. Brief content visible, double tap to read full content. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. .orange-text-color {font-weight:bold; color: #FE971E;}View high quality images that let you zoom in to take a closer look. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Kay prefers the … just re-read this for class. This is an important, wonderful book.” —Jackson Clarion Ledger “Extraordinary. We’d love your help. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: you are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. . October 1996 . We’ve got your back. I found the writing both compelling and gripping. Jamison sets an example of courage.” —Howard Gardner, Nature “Stunning. It felt odd that, for all her disclosure of the tempests of her mind, it was still more adjectives, and I was getting no clear impression of her character or personality. called, simply enough, "Manic-Depressive Illness.". It has, inexplicably and ravingly, provided not only cloak but lantern for the darker seasons and grimmer weather," (p. 215). A compelling work of literature.”—Independent on Sunday (London), "The most emotionally moving book I've ever read about emotions." It quickly became clear that it is written by an individual who is very articulate, thoughtful, honest and intelligent. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. I just wanted to know some more about whether I could help her I'm so glad I chose the unquiet mind. Also, the memoir skips back and forth in time and it's irritating. It was recommended to me by a therapist thinking I would be interested as someone with bipolar disorder. First Vintage Books edition. Just ran across this review of "An Unquiet Mind" that I wrote a couple of years ago (January 2009). An Unquiet Mind is a definitive examination of manic depression from both sides: doctor and patient, the healer and the healed. She is very honest in her description of the mental illness she has wrestled and finally come to terms with. I absolutely love this book.”—Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides “A landmark. Read More Books in 2021 with the Goodreads Reading Challenge. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison – review The clinical psychologist's 1995 memoir of living with manic depression has yet to be surpassed Alexander Linklater . A lot of people seem to have a negative reaction to this book, which I totally get. . . KAY REDFIELD JAMISON is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as an honorary professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. --Newark Star-Ledger. Overall this is a hopeful book about the power of love. Very interesting look on manic-depressive illness. In her bestselling classic, An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison changed the way we think about moods and madness. . Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Also by Kay Redfield Jamison See all books by Kay Redfield Jamison Also by Kay Redfield Jamison Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. I read it as research for my novel in progress, whose protagonist has an adult son with bipolar disorder, and it was helpful for that. Beautifully written memoir, published in 1995, of a wildly intelligent and successful John Hopkins psychologist who has bipolar disorder. . Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Just seeing how she was able to achieve such professional success while privately dealing with such hellish, frightening moments of near insanity is enough to be massively impressed. Her work has helped save countless lives. Jamison has] a novelist’s openness of phrase and talent for bringing character alive.”—Scotland on Sunday “Superbly written. If you want a dry account of a privileged white woman's bipolar experience, then this is your book. . Or rather, I'd like to read about privileged people using their privilege to help the more unfortunate. Very interesting look on manic-depressive illness. It was all about someone else. Anyone trying to deny they have this condition even after a positive diagnosis. As the wife of a person newly diagnosed with bipolar, I found Jamison's story both reassuring (she is functioning really well now) and terrifying (it took her a long time to accept the diagnosis and longer to accept taking meds consistently). . Just seeing how she was able to achieve such professional success while privately dealing with such hellish, frightening moments of near insanity is enoug. I'm curious to know the amount of readers who found this book, like I did, due to their own BP I or II diagnosis? What comes through is a remarkably whole person with the grit to defeat her disease.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer “A riveting read. However, it was intriguing and truly a window into the mind of someone facing mental illness. An Unquiet Mind is a definitive examination of manic depression from both sides: doctor and patient, the healer and the healed. This puts a very unique look at the disorder considering she plays both the roles of patient and doctor which also gave her a unique approach to how she treated patients because she was also being treated for a mental illness. "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 made it through a PhD in psychology and became one of the foremost authorities in her field before finally getting the consistent treatment she needed. . . . It quickly became clear that it is written by an individual who is very articulate, thoughtful, honest and intelligent. All I can say reading this now is, it feels like I have not read a good book in looooooong time. In her defence, she’s a medic, not a storyteller, and she is probably a lovely and lovable person, but her book doesn’t put enough of herself on the page for me to know. No help for me with a "bi-polar" wife who is in denial and won't do anything to help. There was a problem loading your book clubs. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. . it thus points out the many shortcomings of mental health diagnosis and treatment. Some of the techniques listed in An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness may require a sound knowledge of Hypnosis, users are advised to either leave those sections or must have a basic understanding of the subject before practicing them. An Unquiet Mind. Its more important to know what to expect first and then dive into excellent memoirs like this one. “If I can't feel, if I can't move, if I can't think, and I can't care, then what conceivable point is there in … maybe i'll post a a review later. Her work has centered on bipolar disorder , which she has had since her early adulthood. This book was part of my assigned reading for my Mental Health class (BA of Human Services degree). She comes across as completely honest and she allows herself to be vulnerable in the telling of her story, which makes her exceedingly likeable. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness is a memoir written by American clinical psychologist and bipolar disorder researcher Kay Redfield Jamison and published in 1995. The author: She’s truly brilliant. Her lifestyle during periods spent in London was very expensive indeed, and she doesn’t explain this, seems to take it for granted. A vibrant and engaging account of the life, love and experience of a woman, a therapist, an academic, and a patient.” —British Medical Journal  “Affecting, honest, touching . The book captures her journey with bipolar, from its emergence in her late teens to its effects on her accomplished career as a clinical psychologist and university professor. From the author of the best-selling memoir An Unquiet Mind comes a major book on suicide, and its terrible pull on the young in particular. That's okay for a memoir like this; I just wouldn't recommend starting here. Insightful for people with issues like ADHD, depression or BPD as much can also apply to them. Night Falls Fast is tragically timely: suicide has become one of the most common killers of Americans between the ages of 15 and 45. Read this for my Medicine and Literature class and really enjoyed it. I learned very little about what it's like to actually have manic-depression; Dr. Jamison preferred to write about her love life and her visits to England. And really, in this book, that's how Jamison seems to think it should be. Women and Mental Illness (fiction and nonfiction), An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness - Kay Redfield Jamison - 4 Stars, Love and protection around Dr. Kay Jamison. This is a deeply personal book to me and one that I recommend to everyone who is bipolar or who has friends or loved ones who are bipolar. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. At the same time, she is so real, down to earth, simple, inspiring, motivating, challenging. It’s like reading a great work of writing like Jane Austen, the Brontees, etc.,people that overwhelm you with a sense of awe and deep respect. It's basically an autobiography about a very gifted author's life. And it is this dual perspective - as healer and healed - that makes Jamison's memoir so lucid, learned, and profoundly affecting. One is what one is" (7). a rare and insightful view of mental illness from inside the mind of a trained specialist.”—Time “Enlighting . Signed up for the 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge and looking for tips on how to discover and read more books? Read this for my Medicine and Literature class and really enjoyed it. .orange-text-color {font-weight:bold; color: #FE971E;}Enjoy features only possible in digital – start reading right away, carry your library with you, adjust the font, create shareable notes and highlights, and more. . Some parts of it seem oddly written, almost silly, almost less like a professional novel and more like you're listening to someone casually talk. She was very brave and very poetic in writing this book. She is the author of the national best sellers An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, and Touched with Fire. It is hard not to cry sometimes. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. I will continue my search for more information, I believe there is always something new to learn, something new to try! An Unquiet Mind is a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives. . I've read several books on bipolar disorder and this is one of the best. It is hard not to cry sometimes. She is not the average every day person, but I feel as if I am in the presence of a genius who is ahead of everybody I have ever known. She made it through a PhD in psychology and became one of the foremost authorities in her field before finally getting the consistent treatment she needed. Due to the source of the suggestion and the author of the book, an expert on and individual with bipolar disorder, I expected some practical insight into living with this disease. The author a renowned psychologist who has bipolar tells her story in a way that is easy to understand, charming witty and all too human. those trying to understand manic depression, autobiography enthusiasts, glamorizers of insanity, An autobiography of a brilliant woman who suffered from manic depression (she resists the more watered down label "bipolar" because she thinks it hides the essential nature of the disease.) It's about 200 pages, and I read it from start to finish in a couple hours. A must read for anyone who has, knows someone with it is interested in bipolar, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2019, A compelling memoir on the turbulent life of a manic depressive, written by one of the world’s leading authorities in the disorder. I wanted to like and trust her, but I found myself in need of a second opinion. 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