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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Kay Redfield Jamison

In a Larry King Live interview she said of bipolar disorder, “We have known for hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years that it is genetic”, but the most that could have been known was that it sometimes ran in families, and even in modern scientific studies the extent of genetic and environmental influences is debated.

Psychotherapy is a sanctuary; it is a battleground; it is a place I have been psychotic, neurotic, elated, confused, and despairing beyond belief. Have I mentioned I am spectacular?!

View all 13 comments. If my husband had access to the level of care that Jamison has enjoyed throughout her life, he’d probably be doing much better.

I seemed to myself to be dull, boring, inadequate, thick-brained, unlit, unresponsive, chill skinned, bloodless, and sparrow drab. First published inthis jamisno highlights Jamison’s bravery: Insert Byron, Edna St. Unquidt also studied zoology and neurophysiology as an undergraduate at the University of St. In her study Exuberance: As a social worker, I work with people who are diagnosed with severe mental illness — mostly schizophrenia, but also many with severe bipolar disorder.

Throughout Jamison’s career she unqjiet won numerous awards and published over one hundred academic articles. This was the first book everyone was recommending back then. Cuts through the dead jargon and detached observations of psychiatric theory and practice to create a fiery, passionate, authentic account of the devastation and exaltation, the blindness and illumination of the psychotic experience.


Her accomplishments speak to how mental illness should not be construed as a crutch that will inevitably handicap all those affected by it. If even one person found in this book a story that helped her carry on and succeed in putting together a satisfactory life, the book would be worth its ink in gold.

An Unquiet Mind

Sensuality is pervasive and the desire to seduce and be seduced is irresistible. May 27, Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Don’t get me wrong–I wasn’t expecting a memoir about bipolar disorder to be some kind of party.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. It has been a fascinating, albeit deadly, enemy and companion; I have found it to be seductively complicated, a distillation both of what is finest in our natures, and of what is most dangerous.

Kay Redfield Jamison at Wikipedia’s sister projects. Pills cannot, do not, ease one back into reality; they only bring one back headlong, careening, and faster than can be endured at times. All in all, the mediocre writing style made this book a slog.

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 psychiatric disorder. I found myself highly skeptical of the author’s management of the illness considering her unlimited access to psychiatric treatment and information from experts.

View all 4 comments. Ghost of a Chance. Understanding Suicideproviding historical, religious, and cultural responses to suicideas well as the relationship between mental illness and suicide. Jamison has given visiting lectures at a number of different institutions while maintaining her professorship at Hopkins. She went on to found and direct the school’s Affective Disorders Clinic, a large teaching and research facility for outpatient treatment.


Michael Greenberg and Michael Greenberg. Kay Redfield Jamison born June 22, is an American clinical psychologist and writer who is one of the foremost experts on bipolar disorder. It makes some sense of the confusion, reins in the terrifying thoughts and feelings, returns some control and hope and possibility of learning from it all. She literally ‘wrote the book’ on bipolar disorder with co-author Fred Goodwin, M. Lists with This Book. Then there’s couples therapy, because this disease puts a mighty strain on a marriage.

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Archived from the original on 16 May But, normal is boring. This frustrated me extremely and made it difficult to actually finish the book. It seems to have been written more FOR herself than about herself, umquiet that makes sense–it reads as very personal and cathartic.

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She comes across as completely honest and she allows herself to be vulnerable in the telling of her story, which makes her exceedingly likeable. That only reads as a compliment the first few times, then it becomes a sledge-hammer of obligation and guilt.

I remember all the attention this book received when it first came out, and it was recommended to me by more than one person, so I was somewhat baffled by how little I enjoyed reading it.

Jamison reveals everything in An Unquiet Mind.

Jamison was born to Dr. It’s a bit of “thank you for being there,” and a bit of “but for you, I’d be dead.