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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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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. View all 5 comments.

Kay Redfield Jamison in This one does fascinate me though: Feb 02, Belinda rated it it was ok Shelves: Bipolar disorder Depression reviews. Clinicians and Mental Health Memoirs.

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Her arguments flow from a view of major mental illnesses as the downstream biological effects of genetic disorders, and she perhaps underplays environmental unqiuet. Feelings of ease, intensity, power, well-being, financial omnipotence, and euphoria pervade one’s marrow.

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

The Acknowledgements section states that Goodwin “received unrestricted educational grants to support the production of this book from Abbott, AstraZeneca, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Forest, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and Sanofi”, but that although Jamison has “received occasional lecture honoraria from AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, and Eli Lilly” she “has received no research support from any pharmaceutical or biotechnology company” and donates her royalties to a non-profit foundation.


It will never end, for madness carves its own reality. Jamison moved to California during adolescence, and soon thereafter began to struggle with 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 is a brilliant mind, an academic and health care professional and absolute authority on this subject; she lives and breathes the disease but is able to treat her patience with complete and utter understanding.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In Night Falls FastJamison dedicates a chapter to American public policy and public opinion as it relates to suicide. Instead, I found myself wanting the author to remember more clearly how difficult it sometimes is for a person with bipolar disorder to uhquiet a way out. Normal people are not always boring. She comes across as completely honest and she allows herself to be vulnerable in the telling of her story, which makes her exceedingly likeable.


She went on to found and direct the school’s Affective Disorders Clinic, a large teaching and research facility for outpatient treatment. Retrieved 28 March She then found her calling in psychology. Is depression really “unipolar” while manic depression is “bipolar”? The Shadow in the Garden. An Unquiet Mnd is a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives.

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

In her study Exuberance: Her unquiey 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 She also studied zoology and neurophysiology as an undergraduate at the University of St. Wright Brothers, Wrong Story.

Jamison is redundant and self-centered. Overall, highly recommended for those searching for a book about bipolar disorder or mental health in general. That is not just a statement of the obvious but unqhiet indispensable clinical fact.