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. 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 .

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.


Published October by Vintage first published September 18th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about An Unquiet Mindplease sign up. See 1 question about An Unquiet Mind…. Lists with This Book. Jul 05, stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 16 comments.

View all 13 comments. Aug 27, Lizzy rated it really liked it Shelves: A Memoir of Moods and Madness is an honest and profoundly dramatic memoir that reveals the challenges and sufferings faced by people that suffer from bipolar disorder. Kay Redfield Jamison herself endured the dangerous highs of euphoria mixed with the lows kqy depression. Her professional success as a clinical psychologist coupled with her forthright story helps to diminish the stigma of this serious mental illness that affect many.

When you’re high it’s tremendous. The ideas and feelings are fast and frequent like shooting stars, and you follow them until you find better and brighter ones. Shyness goes, the right words and gestures are suddenly there, the power to captivate others a felt certainty. There are interests found in uninteresting people. Sensuality is pervasive and the desire to seduce and be seduced irresistible.

Feelings of ease, intensity, power, well-being, financial omnipotence, and euphoria pervade one’s marrow. But, somewhere, this changes. The fast ideas are far too fast, and there are far too many; overwhelming confusion replaces clarity. Humor and absorption on friends’ faces are replaced by fear and concern. Everything previously moving with the grain is now against– you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and enmeshed totally in the blackest caves of the mind. You never knew those caves were there.

It will never end, ubquiet madness carves its own reality. View all 11 comments. May 03, Jessica rated it liked it Recommends it for: A lot of people seem to have a negative reaction to this book, which I totally get. I didn’t find Jamison a particularly likable person, and this wasn’t great literature, though it did go down fast and smooth. Be that as it may, I’ve strongly recommended An Unquiet Mind several times, and I can’t judge it by the normal standards that I apply to most books.

I see An Unquiet Mind as performing a specific and vital function, at which I think midn succeeds extremely well: Jamison is a psychologistand it’s just incredible to hear her describe how her vast stores of knowledge about psychiatric symptoms, and about her own illness, were useless against her mind’s conviction that she’s fine, and not symptomatic, and doesn’t need medication.


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

The vast majority of my clients have little in common with minnd relatively wealthy, privileged Jamison aside from a diagnosis, and I doubt most would relate much to her story, but on occasion I try to force one of them to read this book.

An Unquiet Mind is good hamison for 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. Actually, a lot of the most annoying and boring parts of this book — e. Being diagnosed with a psychotic disorder is terrifying and can be very dehumanizing. People are often scared that they’ll never be able to have romantic relationships, that they won’t be able to work, that their brains will never function properly.

People in that position need reassurance that being mentally ill doesn’t mean you’re unattractive or stupid or doomed to become some pathetic and useless zombified shuffler. I’d recommend this book to people who could relate somewhat to the author, who need to know that they can recover from mental illness. I’m glad 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.

View all 15 comments. She is a brilliant mind, an academic and health care professional and absolute authority on this ajmison she lives and breathes the disease but is able to treat her patience with complete and utter understanding.

She has ridden the extreme mania highs and suffered the almost deadly depressions and tells her story with eloquence, humour and authority. Kay speaks simply of her problem: Would love to meet her in real life.

I work unquidt an academic library therefore I have unlimited access to her work. Fancy a 1kg text book anyone?! Unfortunately, I will never get through all her work.

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This one does fascinate me though: I may get to this soon. Normal people are not always boring. Volatility and passion, although often more romantic and enticing, are not intrinsically preferable to a steadiness of experience and feeling about another person nor are they incompatible. View all 18 comments. Feb 02, Belinda rated it it was ok Shelves: As I go back through blog posts, Twitter feeds, book reviews, etc.

It was all about someone else. And really, in this book, that’s how Jamison seems to think it should be. I just had the opportunity to re-read this book when it was offered on the Kindle, and I was surprised.

I seemed to remember it as being immensely insightful the first time I read it, but consider that that was immediately after my husband’s initial bipolar 1 diagnosis. This was the first book everyone was recommending back then. Now, several years of living with a bipolar spouse later, I read it and think, “Meh.


It seems to have been written more FOR herself than about herself, if that makes sense–it reads as very personal and cathartic.

Is it helpful for others, though? I’m not so sure. There are some wonderful passages in which she borrows from images in poetry and literature, and those, for me, make the book worth reading. If my husband had access to the level of care that Jamison has enjoyed throughout her life, he’d probably be doing much better. Heck, I’d like to get in on some of that, myself. As it is, we receive financial assistance from our physicians, to lower our co-pay, so that he can see a therapist not an MD, but a psychologist once a week, and even that’s a burden.

Then there’s couples therapy, because this disease puts a mighty strain on a marriage. As someone in the “caretaker” role, to use Jamison’s own terminology, I found the message of the memoir a bit burdensome.

Yes, she shows great appreciation for her loved ones and their unflagging support.

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That only reads as a compliment the first few times, then it becomes a sledge-hammer of obligation and guilt. I don’t know–I’m conflicted this time around. It’s a bit of “thank you for being there,” and a bit of “but for you, I’d be dead. View all 21 comments.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

View all 12 comments. View all 4 comments. A Memoir of Mamison and Madness is a memoir about living with manic depression by Kay Redfield Jamisonwho is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Kay prefers the term manic depression to bipolar disorder because it is both more expressive of her experience and, ultimately, more clinically accurate.

This well-written memoir covers the various events of Kay’s life, while the illness shapes her life forward. The writing is honest, fearless, beautiful and very descriptive. She provides, by quoting many instances from her personal and professional life, a unique and in fact a beautiful point of view about this illness – It is wonderful to be intense and feel deeper, because that’s how one can get more out of life and this world.

But, normal is boring. We all have to read, learn and understand about this illness – mental, emotional and psychiatric. This will help us understand ourselves and also ‘be there’ for our loved ones when needed. Because I honestly believe that as a result of it I a felt more things, more deeply; had more experiences, more intensely; loved more, and been more loved; laughed more often for having cried more often; appreciated more the springs, for all the winters; seen the finest and the more terrible in people, and slowly learned the values of caring, loyalty, and seeing things through.

View all 8 comments. Mar 09, rachel misfiticus rated it it was ok. I think that the first chapter and the last chapter are the only ones with any weight.