An Unquiet Mind

By Kay Redfield Jamison,

Book cover of An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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An Unquiet Mind is a definitive examination of manic depression from both sides: doctor and patient, the healer and the healed. A classic memoir of enormous candour and courage, it teems with the wit and wisdom of its writer, Dr Kay Redfield Jamison.

With an introduction by Andrew Solomon, writer…

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3 authors picked An Unquiet Mind as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Jamison writes about bipolar disorder as a professor of psychiatry and as a person who suffers from the illness. This dual vision allows us to see the disorder in multifaceted ways. Jamison is particularly adept at explaining why bipolar sufferers are so tragically prone to attempt and commit suicide. I suffer from Bipolar 2 Disorder with mixed features, meaning that I can be depressed and manic at the same time. This is a dangerous combination. A depressed person is more likely to have suicidal ideation and a manic person has enough energy to make suicidal plans and carry them out.…

From Sherman's list on understanding bipolar disorder.

A wryly humorous and gracefully written account of manic-depression that has become a classic in the field. Look into the background of mental health professionals, and you often find their own struggle to hold it together. Jameson is a psychologist who decided to come out of the closet as a florid manic-depressive in this ground-breaking memoir. Her sense of humor and beautiful turns of phrase rescue us from the murkier, inadvertent narcissism of some memoirs of depression, which tend – almost inevitably – to be rather Eyore-ish. “Money spent while manic doesn't fit into the Internal Revenue Service concept of…

From Patricia's list on memoirs on mental health.

I love that Jameson writes from both the perspective of living with bipolar disorder, and as a scientist and professor. Her story is true and relatable. When seeking to learn about bipolar disorder, An Unquiet Mind is the place to start. Jameson was one of the first people to shatter the stigma against bipolar disorder.

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