In fact, argues Kay Redfield Jamison in An Unquiet Mind, the newer name may be the less precise. Is depression really “unipolar” while manic. Kay Redfield Jamison (born June 22, ) is an American clinical psychologist and writer. Jamison wrote An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness in part to help clinicians see what patients find helpful in therapy. J. Wesley Boyd . Johns Hopkins psychiatry professor Jamison, whose Touched with Fire addressed the link between manic-depressive illness and creativity, offers a poignant.

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Kay Redfield Jamison in As a social worker, I work with people who are diagnosed with severe mental illness — mostly schizophrenia, but also many with severe bipolar disorder.

It will never end, for madness carves it’s own reality. Being diagnosed with a psychotic disorder is terrifying and can be very dehumanizing.

She explains that she and her first husband are still friends — no hard feelings — and leaves it at that. Even though Jamison contended with manic-depressive illness for several of the most important years of her life, she still earned success and acclaim. This is an important, wonderful book. Shyness goes, the right words and gestures are suddenly there, the power to captivate others a felt certainty.

Unfortunately, I will never get through all her work. When I Spoke in Tongues. A compelling work of literature. Powerful and honest writing sets An Unquiet Mind apart from other books, and I look forward to reading more of Jamison’s works. She then found her calling in psychology. Lists with This Book. Blood of the Liberals. Archived from the original on Overall, highly recommended for those searching for a book about bipolar disorder or mental health in general.


Jamison wrote An Unquiet Mind: As someone in the “caretaker” role, to use Jamison’s own terminology, I found the message of the memoir a bit burdensome. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

We all have to read, learn and understand about this illness – mental, emotional and psychiatric.

You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re “not at all like yourself but will be soon,” but you know you won’t. Their romance is detailed in her jamsion Nothing Was the Same. Jamison acknowledges the stigma against mental illness, and she shows how she overcame it through her passion and dedication to the field of mental health.

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Feb 18, Julie Ehlers rated it it was ok Shelves: Actually, a lot of the most annoying and boring parts of this book — e. It is, at the end of the day, the individual moments of restlessness, of bleakness, of strong persuasions and maddened enthusiasms, that inform one’s life, change the nature and direction of one’s work, and give final meaning and color to one’s loves and friendships.

An Unquiet Mind is good medicine jamisln literate, intelligent people who would be successful in maintaining jobs and relationships if they could manage their symptoms, who fear that their diagnosis is a death sentence for their chances at a “normal life. When you’re unsuiet it’s tremendous.

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She was distinguished lecturer at Harvard University in and the Litchfield lecturer at the University of Oxford in As I go back through blog posts, Twitter feeds, book reviews, etc. She admits that taking lithium played a key part in her recovery, and while taking lithium, she worked and wrote and saw patients.

Have I mentioned I am spectacular?! The General Theological Seminary. I’d recommend this book to people min could relate somewhat to the author, who need to know that they can recover from mental illness.


An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

Also by Kay Redfield Jamisoon. Kay speaks simply of her problem: The New York Times. It’s a bit of “thank you for being there,” and a bit of “but for you, I’d be dead. This frustrated me extremely and made it difficult to actually finish the book. View all 21 comments. It’s just such a great illustration of how intelligence and knowledge aren’t assets at all — and might even be liabilities — when it comes to understanding and accepting one’s own psychiatric disorder.

Wesley Boyd, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts University’s School of Medicine, wrote, “Jamison’s description [of the debt she owed her psychiatrist] illustrates the importance jmaison merely being present for our patients and not trying to unsuiet them with platitudes or promises of a better future.

The writing is honest, fearless, beautiful and very descriptive.

A vibrant and engaging account of the life, love and experience of a woman, a therapist, an academic, and a patient. Mknd learned very little about what it’s like to actually have manic-depression; Dr. View all 16 comments. But, ineffably, psychotherapy heals. Maestros and Their Music. Jamison preferred to write about her love life and her visits to England. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I read An Unquiet Mind because I wanted to learn more kxy bipolar disorder.

You never knew those caves were there.