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An Unquiet Mind

A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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In her bestselling classic, An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison changed the way we think about moods and madness.

Dr. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, Jamison found herself succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients, as her disorder launched her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempted suicide.

Here Jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication. An Unquiet Mind is a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jan 13, 1997 – Jamison's memoir springs from her dual perspective as both a psychiatric expert in manic depression and a sufferer of the disease.

Customer Reviews

Bipolar bible

This book is incredible. Anyone who is living w bipolar disorder or knows someone close to them has bipolar needs to read this book. It sheds light on what it feels like and means to be bipolar. It changed my life and my treatment.

An amazing read

I would recommend this book to anyone with bipolar or anyone who loves someone with bipolar. It brings such an understanding to those who don't know about this illness and brings comfort to those who live through it every day

Difficult Read

While a great scientific and medical insight to Dr. Jamison's life, it was rather clinical. I did manage to glean information from it to help me with my own Bipolar illness.

An Unquiet Mind
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Psychology
  • Published: Sep 05, 1995
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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