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

An Unquiet Mind .

Category: Psychology - Psychopathology - Bipolar Disorder; Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs; Biography & Autobiography - Medical
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: January 1997
Price: $16.00
Can. Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76330-7 (0-679-76330-9)
Pages: 240

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison--clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and an international authority of manic-depressive illness--offers a remarkable personal testimony: the revelation of her own struggle since adolescence with manic-depression, and how it has shaped her life. Dr. Jamison suffered her first attack of manic-depression at seventeen. An Unquiet Mind--a New York Times bestseller--follows her battle with the illness through college, through graduate school, through love affairs and episodes of violence, bouts of madness, and attempted suicide. It discusses her fear of letting go of the intoxicating highs and of her deep-rooted belief that she should weather the illness without medication, and it engages her deep resistance to taking lithium, the drug that would ultimately save her life. And, finally, she recounts the slow and painful mastering of her illness through knowledge, courage, the love of family, self-discipline, and medication.

Already being used in classrooms at Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, and many other schools and universities across the U.S., An Unquiet Mind is an incisive, informative, and instructive work that is uniquely suited for classroom use. Dr. Jamison is co-author of Manic Depressive Illness, the standard text on bipolar illness. In An Unquiet Mind she emphasizes the psychological as well as the medical aspects of manic-depressive illness, and discuss the importance of psychotherapy in addition to medication. An Unquiet Mind offers a singular combination of professional authority and personal experience.


"It stands alone in the literature of manic-depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty."
--Oliver Sacks

"An Unquiet Mind is a landmark in the history of writing about manic depressive illness. A life and career which by most standards has been exceptional is made even more remarkable by her revelation and what it has to teach us about this recurrent disorder. The combination of...her personal life and the intellectual rigor of her professional experience makes the book unique...It is a vibrant and engaging account of the life, love, and experience of a woman, a therapist, an academic, and a 'patient' who can offer much insight to professionals in their attitudes to mental illness and potentially much understanding, comfort, information, inspiration, and illumination both to those afflicted by depression and manic depressive illness and to those who really want to understand some of the experience."
--British Medical Journal

"No adjective other than 'scintillating' can convey the brilliance of Kay Jamison's An Unquiet Mind...Written with grace, verve and clarity, it provides an unparalleled view from the inside as well as the outside. Nothing I have read is remotely like it...There will be few, if any, professionals who will not have their understanding deepened and broadened by reading this account."
--Dr. Leon Eisenberg, Harvard Medical School

"Jamison...has written an extraordinary book about manic-depressive illness...It is a short book about what this illness really is from the viewpoint of both one afflicted and one trained to make clinical observations."
--New England Journal of Medicine

"An Unquiet Mind opens two doors. It is a uniquely informed account of the experience of manic-depressive disorder. It is also an account of how a physician, her psychiatrists, and her departments handled the issues of professional competence for this sometimes and always potentially disabling illness...She also offers an insightful account of medication and psychotherapy."
--Journal of the American Medical Association