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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I found myself highly skeptical of the author’s management of the illness considering her unlimited access to psychiatric treatment and information from experts. Paperbackpages. Jan 12, Hamison Buy.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Just keep your expectations in check. I guess I like kwy this book tries to do, but I’m not convinced it was well done. Open Preview See a Problem? View all 4 comments. Such classifications presuppose, she writes, “a distinction between depression and manic-depressive illness — both clinically and etiologically — that is not always clear, or supported by science”.

Retrieved from ” https: She shares her family history, her scholarly successes, her romantic relationships, and how her bipolar disorder affected all of those facets in her life. My inner lit snob simply won’t shut up. Kay Redfield Jamison born June 22, is an American clinical psychologist and writer. I didn’t think the book flowed well at all, and I just didn’t care enough about Jamison to be riveted by tales of her getting tenure, opening up a new clinic, and, most painfully, engaging in romantic relationships.


In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. But I think I may have read too many beautiful memoirs by poets and novelists to be particularly impressed by the workmanlike writing in I read An Unquiet Mind because I wanted to learn more about bipolar disorder. But if I could, if I didn’t fear it would color me in such a wild, frightening way, I would talk about it the way Kay Redfield Jamison does.

As an example, she cites Lord Byron and his relatives. This is an important, wonderful book. I’m still not quite sure what I think of this book. Aj writes of the sensation of being “a zebra among the horses”, and the struggles am psychiatry to classify, research and treat.

From the Trade Paperback edition. As a result of Jamison’s military background, she grew up in many different places, including FloridaPuerto Rico oay, CaliforniaTokyoand Washington, D.

View all 16 comments. She was not afraid of admitting that she herself suffered episodes of “madness” — nor did she feel the need to be de-stigmatised by politically correct terminology. And I am, by nature, too mercurial to be anything but deeply wary of the grave unnaturalness involved in any attempt to exert too much control over essentially uncontrollable forces. After her diagnosis, she was put on lithium medicationa jxmison drug used to contain moods.

Memoirs of a Born Free. She went on to found and direct the school’s Affective Disorders Clinic, a large jamion and research facility for outpatient treatment. View all 5 comments. Despite her studies, Jamison did not realize she was bipolar until three months into her first job as a professor in UCLA’s Department of Psychology. She writes about relationships and lovers and how “sex became too intense for pleasure and during it I would feel my mind encased by black lines of light that were terrifying to me”.


I listen to Schubert and Mozart.

It is a deep and personal inside look at what jamisom like to live with manic depression from the unique viewpoint of a brilliant Think of this book as an autobiography and you can’t go wrong. Instead of delving into her relationships that were injured by her bipolar disorder, she glosses over them. Charles Michener and Peter Duchin.

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In some strange way, I tried to do that with manic-depressive illness. What comes through is a remarkably whole person with the grit to defeat her disease. The mknd ideas are far too fast, and there are far too many; overwhelming confusion replaces clarity.

Jamison also dispels the rumor that medicine will numb one’s mind. She flourished in this field and was extremely interested in mood disorders. Jaimson previously mentioned, I expected just that from this book based on its presentation to me. Her second memoir, Nothing Was the Sameexamines her relationship with her second husband, the psychiatrist Richard Jed Wyatt, who was Chief of the Neuropsychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health until his death in 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 of merely being present for our patients and not trying to soothe them with platitudes or promises of a better future.