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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Paperbackpages. I listen to Schubert and Mozart. The Life of Saul Bellow. The second chapter is suddenly more academic and speaks about the semantics of the disease — manic depression vs. Jamison wrote An Unquiet Mind: Vincent Millay, William Kind quote.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

That only reads as a compliment the first few times, then it becomes a sledge-hammer of obligation and guilt. She also studied zoology and neurophysiology as an undergraduate at the University of St.

This seems to me of tremendous value. But I think I may have read too many beautiful memoirs by poets and novelists to be particularly impressed by the workmanlike writing in this one. Clinical psychology Electroconvulsive therapy Involuntary commitment Light therapy Psychotherapy Transcranial magnetic stimulation Cognitive behavioral therapy Dialectical behavior therapy. Feb 18, Julie Ehlers rated it it was ok Shelves: Archived from the original on 16 May She worked as a min striper at the hospital on the Andrews Air Force Base.


Then there’s couples therapy, because this disease puts a mighty strain on a marriage. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. I write little anecdotes revolving around my manic episodes.

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Kay Redfield Jamison born June 22, is an American clinical psychologist and writer. Kay Redfield Jamison hardly needs an introduction here; her life and work stand for themselves.

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Such classifications presuppose, she writes, “a distinction between depression jamlson manic-depressive illness — both clinically and etiologically — that is not always clear, or supported by science”.

There will always be propelling, disturbing elements, unquieh they will be there until, as Lowell put it, the watch is taken from the wrist. She glossed over her suicide attempt and the only description of hospitalization is that of one of her patients.

Jamison has said she is an “exuberant” person who longs for peace and tranquility but in the end prefers “tumultuousness coupled to iron discipline” to a “stunningly boring life.


Kay Redfield Jamison born June 22, is an American clinical psychologist and writer who is one of the foremost experts on bipolar disorder. I’m jamsion that Kate Jamison wrote it, because even if it’s flawed as a book, An Unquiet Mind succeeds in providing a crucial sense of the reality of that hope.

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

As a social worker, I work with people who are aj with severe mental illness — mostly schizophrenia, but also many with severe bipolar disorder. Mania can lead to adventures and funny stories, but it also can incur humility and regret.

Refresh and try again. A lot of people seem to have a negative reaction to this book, which I totally get. It is a deep and personal inside look at what it’s like to live with manic depression from the unique viewpoint of a brilliant practitioner who has the condition herself – a combination the medical profession has always considered unacceptable. And really, in this book, that’s how Jamison seems to think it should be.