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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She admits that taking lithium played a key part in her recovery, and while taking lithium, she worked and wrote and saw patients.

Kay Redfield Jamison

This book may save your life. Kay Redfield Jamison is a psychiatrist, an authority on bipolar disorder, and suffers from the condition herself. I may get to this soon. If you have a manic-depressive or any affective disorder, read this book, and you will feel vindicated.

Likewise, debilitating depression can cause one to miss out on positive opportunities. Kay prefers the term manic depression to bipolar disorder because it is both more expressive of her experience and, ultimately, more clinically accurate. Dec 06, Meaghan rated it it was ok Shelves: Looking for More Great Reads? It will never end, for madness carves it’s jind reality. But I think I may have read too may beautiful memoirs by poets and novelists to be particularly impressed by the workmanlike writing in this one.

Unfortunately, I will never get through all her work.

Jan 01, Britta rated it liked it. But, ineffably, psychotherapy heals. She worked as a candy striper at the hospital on the Andrews Air Force Base. 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.


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

Don’t get me wrong–I wasn’t expecting a memoir about bipolar disorder to be some kind of party. As a result of Jamison’s military background, she grew up in many different places, miind FloridaPuerto RicoCaliforniaTokyoand Washington, D.

To ask other readers questions about An Unquiet Mindplease sign up. Her seminal works among laypeople are her memoir An Unquiet Mindwhich details her experience with severe mania and depressionand Night Falls Fast: She also gives clear insight into why people may resist taking medicine that dulls their manic moments, because they may feel so much more alive, productive, and vibrant during these spells. Fancy unuiet 1kg text book anyone?!

I am curious about what her peers thought of her incessant self-grandiosity. A psychiatrist who has suffered from the illness for most of her life, she prefers the term manic depression because it is both more expressive of her experience and, ultimately, more clinically accurate.

I found myself highly skeptical of the author’s management of the illness considering her unlimited access to psychiatric treatment and information from experts. 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. Jamison has given visiting lectures at a number of different institutions while maintaining her professorship at Hopkins.

Love and protection around Dr. The vast majority of my clients have little in common with the 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.


In her study Exuberance: The Shadow in the Garden.

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Jamison’s condition has been about as severe as is possible in someone still capable of holding down a senior medical position currently professor of psychiatry at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.

I’m not so sure. Jamison glorifies and romanticizes her disorder, calling it madness and relating her mania to flying around Saturn and dancing in the rain. Stay in Touch Sign up. View all 13 miind.

It is also tiresome. Everything previously moving with the jamlson is now against– you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and enmeshed totally in the blackest caves of the mind. About Kay Redfield Jamison. Depression, jamisson, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. Retrieved 28 March Jamison literally risked her medical career by publishing this book. Powerful and honest writing sets An Unquiet Mind apart from other books, and I look forward to reading more of Jamison’s works.

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A vibrant and engaging account of the life, love and experience of a woman, a therapist, an jqmison, and a patient. Jamison sets an example of courage. When I Spoke in Tongues. Kay Redfield Jamison in Sensuality is pervasive and the desire to seduce and be seduced is irresistible. As I go back through blog posts, Twitter feeds, book reviews, etc.

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