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An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Book rating: 05 Paperback Picador

By (author) Kay Redfield Jamison

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 12mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 5 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330528076
  • ISBN 13: 9780330528078
  • Edition statement: New edition.
  • Sales rank: 2,294

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Dr Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive illness. She has also experienced it first-hand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, she was affected by the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients. An "Unquiet Mind" is a memoir of enormous candour, courage, wit and wisdom, which examines manic depression from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and its cruel allure. First published fifteen years ago, it remains the definitive book on manic depression. "It stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty" (Oliver Sacks). "Affecting, honest, touching". (Will Self).

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Kay Redfield Jamison is Professor of Psychiatry at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine and lives in Washington, DC.

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By Tricky Woo 27 Apr 2013 5

One of the best books I've read on the topic. I could relate to much of what Kay has so beautifully articulated in this book: moods and madness and the roller coaster ride of your life. Kay highlights the fight for one's life through a spectrum of moods, the struggle for mental health and advocacy for people who are often highly gifted and above average in intelligence. I've loaned my copy out but I look forward to it being returned so that I can read it again. Mental health, with health being the operative word, thankfully has come a long way over recent years. Kay is a professional who has experienced both sides of the coin and has continued to push for basic human rights and better treatments for what should not be a debilitating disorder. I'm glad Kay told her story and her efforts as a mental health advocate are commendable. Without people like Kay we would all still be living in the 'dark' ages.