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. The An Unquiet Mind Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, by Kay Redfield Jamison An Unquiet Mind begins with a narrative of Dr. Jamison and a colleague running around, physically.

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Blood of the Liberals. And always, when will it happen again? What did I do? Unfortunately, the author seemed to try too hard, and quite unsuccessfully, to become a writer of creative non-fiction.

I found myself highly xn of the author’s management of the illness considering her unlimited access to psychiatric treatment and information from experts. Insert Byron, Edna St. You never knew those caves were there.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. I read An Unquiet Mind because I wanted to redfleld more about bipolar disorder. All those incredible feelings to sort through. I learned very little about what it’s like to actually have manic-depression; Dr.

A Writer of Our Time. Want to Read saving…. Psychotherapy is a sanctuary; it is a battleground; kwy is a place I have been psychotic, neurotic, elated, confused, and despairing beyond belief. Likewise, debilitating depression can cause one to miss out on positive opportunities. But, somewhere this changes.

Normal people are not always boring. It’s a bit of “thank you for being there,” and a bit of “but for you, I’d be dead. Jamison sets an example of courage. Jamison literally risked her medical career by publishing this book.


Also, the memoir skips back and forth in time and it’s irritating. The ideas and feelings are fast and frequent like shooting stars, and you follow them u “There’s no easy way to tell other people you have a manic-depressive illness; if there is, I haven’t found it In the 16 years since An Unquiet Mind was first published, no greater book about manic depression — or bipolar disorder — has appeared.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jamison reveals everything in An Unquiet Mind.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. Oct 03, Tia rated it it was amazing Recommends jamsion for: Show 25 25 50 All. The Chinese believe that before you can conquer a beast you first must make it be In her bold autobiography An Unquiet MindKay Redfield Jamison details her struggle with bipolar disorder in the midst of her career as a clinical psychologist.

Actually, a lot of the most annoying and boring parts of this book — e. Read it Forward Read it first. I’m still not quite sure what I think of this book.

When you’re high it’s tremendous. The inspirational quality of An Unquiet Mind makes it a marvelous read. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Please try again later. Have I mentioned I am spectacular?!

This well-written memoir covers the various events of Kay’s life, while the illness shapes her jamoson forward. That is not just a statement of the obvious but an indispensable clinical fact. Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. View all 12 comments.

Due to the jamixon 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.


Feelings of ease, intensity, power, well-being, financial omnipotence, and euphoria pervade one’s marrow. Ghost of a Chance.

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The writing is honest, fearless, beautiful and very descriptive. But, somewhere this changes. I meant, what is the reality of any feeling? Quotes from Sn Unquiet Mind: 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.

Feb 02, Belinda rated it it umquiet ok Shelves: Instead of delving into her relationships that were injured by her bipolar disorder, she glosses over them. But she paints a cohesive picture of what it’s like to live reedfield a never-ending captive to these see-sawing feelings.

I use lots of adjectives, such as black and bleak, to describe my depression. Return to Book Page. 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.

I remember all the attention this book received when it first came out, and it was recommended to redfueld by more than one person, so I was somewhat baffled by how little I enjoyed reading it.