In fact, argues Kay Redfield Jamison in An Unquiet Mind, the newer name may be the less precise. Is depression really “unipolar” while manic. Ecerpt from Kay Redfield Jamison’s “An Unquiet Mind,” a memoir of having manic depressive illness. The An Unquiet Mind Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, by Kay Redfield Jamison An Unquiet Mind begins with a narrative of Dr. Jamison and a colleague running around, physically.

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This well-written memoir covers the various events of Kay’s life, while the illness shapes her life forward. Jamison also dispels the rumor that medicine will numb one’s mind.

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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 uhquiet natures, and of what is most dangerous.

Kay Redfield Jamison herself endured the dangerous highs of euphoria mixed with the lows of depression. I may get to this soon. Depression, instead, redfielx flat, hollow, and unendurable. May 03, Jessica rated it liked it Recommends it for: The rest of the book can be recycled. Ghost of a Chance.

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

View all 16 comments. I see An Unquiet Mind as performing a specific and vital function, at which I think it succeeds extremely well: Shyness goes, the right words and gestures are suddenly there, the power to captivate others a felt certainty. Blood of the Liberals. Mania can lead to adventures and funny stories, but it also can incur humility and regret.


Aug 27, Lizzy rated it really liked it Shelves: Everything All at Once.

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.

Still, I tend to be unnecessarily harsh when it comes to writing skills.

Her arguments redfkeld from a view of major mental illnesses as the downstream biological effects of genetic disorders, and she perhaps underplays environmental factors. She explains that she and her first husband are still friends — no hard feelings — and leaves it at that. When you’re high it’s tremendous. Which of my feelings are real?

‘An Unquiet Mind’

This one does fascinate me though: As a social worker, I work with people who are diagnosed with severe mental illness — mostly schizophrenia, but also many with severe bipolar disorder. I wanted to like this book, but it fell so far from my expectations.

I meant, what is the redfied of any feeling? I am curious about what her peers thought of her incessant self-grandiosity.


But these experiences carry with them feelings. Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. Kay prefers the term manic depression to bipolar disorder because it is both more expressive of her experience and, ultimately, more clinically accurate.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

And always, when will it happen again? The writing is honest, fearless, beautiful and very descriptive. If you’ve ever looked at the world and thought it was so full of amazing things that you couldn’t sleep for days, mindd alternatively, if you’ve ever spent days just imagining every single living thing on the earth dying redfiield I believe she actually describes compulsively thinking of this during high schoolthen the feelings aren’t that new.

I’m still not quite sure what I think of this book. I’m glad that Kate Jamison wrote it, because even if it’s flawed as a book, An Unquiet Mind succeeds in providing a crucial sense of the reality of that hope.

Inquiet if I could, if I didn’t fear it would color me in such a wild, frightening way, I would talk about it the way Kay Redfield Jamison does.

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