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An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

by Kay Redfield Jamison

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A great memoir of her life with bipolar disorder by Dr. Jamison. Insightful and powerful, this book, and the author, are inspiring. ( )
  harrietbrown | Jun 24, 2017 |
Subtitle: A Memoir of Moods and Madness ( )
  Elishibai | May 23, 2017 |
A fairly quick overview of one person's unquiet mind. Doesn't get into depth about mental illness - this is more of a history lesson of Kay's life. Leaves a LOT of questions unanswered and I guess that is the author's prerogative but it didn't help the book. It *is* interesting and Kay is a fine narrator but left me wanting a whole lot more about some areas in her life... (and, conversely, was way too much info about her love life and boyfriends. It's nice that she's found some good men but the spiels about how great so-n-so was and how brilliant and witty etc... just wasn't that interesting. Would have loved to hear more about the unquiet illness than how good some guy was at cooking or cleaning or talking... ( )
  marshapetry | Nov 8, 2016 |
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by: Kay Redfield Jamison I had a good friend that was diagnosed with Manic Depressive Disorder and he's the biggest reason this book called out to me when I saw it. I always wondered what was going on in there and what the manias and depressions felt like. I always thought that understanding would help me interact with him in those states and not agitate him or exacerbate problems. I don't really know, though, he went off the grid after a particularly bad struggle with the whole evolution, of which I was in his circle, and then returned suddenly to social media, having moved away and found a better way to deal with it all then we could have hoped for. 
I thought of him as I listened to the audiobook and Dr. Jamison explain her experience with this same disorder. I worked through all the behaviors that had been mania and depression and the way he never understood the way the medicine was improving his ability to deal with it. 
As audiobooks go, this is a rather short one. It's just under three hours and eloquently describes the ups and downs that go with this disorder and the way that it progresses during her lifetime. This isn't remembering just one evolution but several as well as the fears that accompany letting others know that she has it, that she might pass it on to children, having dealt with a parent with this disorder. She includes the feeling of the mania and the aftermath, which is more than the depression that follows it. There are inevitable consequences in life for those things that are done in both manic and depressed states. She doesn't shy away from sharing those. But there is also healing and more to healing than medication and more to taking medication than simply being prescribed it. 
Above all, I appreciate that she shared it all and helped the rest of us understand what it is like to be the one that lives with the disorder. It's a beautiful book.  ( )
  Calavari | Sep 28, 2016 |
I read this to better understand my recently diagnosed partner, but Jamison's story is both too personal and too privileged to be much use for my purposes. ( )
  xicohtli | Jul 20, 2016 |
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I doubt sometimes whether
a quiet & unagitated life
would have suited me–yet I
sometimes long for it.
For my mother,
Dell Temple Jamison
Who gave me life not
once, but countless times
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When it's two o'clock in the morning, and you're manic, even the UCLA Medical Center has a certain appeal.(Prologue)
I was standing with my head back, one pigtail caught between my teeth, listening to the jet overhead.
I have often asked myself whether, given the choice, I would choose to have manic-depressive illness.(Epilogue)
"Moods are such an essential part of the substance of life, of one's notion of oneself, that even psychotic extremes in mood and behavior can somehow be seen as temporary, even understandable, reactions to what life has dealt."
"It took me far too long to realize that lost years and relationships cannot be recovered, that damage done to oneself and others cannot always be put right again, and that freedom from the control imposed by medication loses its meaning when the only alternatives are death and insanity."
"If we got rid of all the manic-depressives on the medical school faculty, not only would we have a much smaller faculty, it would also be a far more boring one." (chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital)
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In her memoir, Unquiet Mind, Jamison tells of her battle with the illness: the joy of the manic highs, which gave her an omnipotent feeling of cosmic connectedness, and the terrifying depressions, when she wanted only to die. An Unquiet Mind tells of how Jamison used her zeal and intensity, and her impressive intellectual gfts, to bring the complexities of manic-depressive illness to the world's attention. Her work has helped save countless lives.
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In Touched with Fire, Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychiatrist, turned a mirror on the creativity so often associated with mental illness. In this book she turns that mirror on herself. With breathtaking honesty she tells of her own manic depression, the bitter costs of her illness, and its paradoxical benefits: "There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness and terror involved in this kind of madness.... It will never end, for madness carves its own reality." This is one of the best scientific autobiographies ever written, a combination of clarity, truth, and insight into human character. "We are all, as Byron put it, differently organized," Jamison writes. "We each move within the restraints of our temperament and live up only partially to its possibilities." Jamison's ability to live fully within her limitations is an inspiration to her fellow mortals, whatever our particular burdens may be. --Mary Ellen Curtin

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The author recounts her own personal struggle with manic-depression and how it has shaped her life.

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