An Unquiet Mind has ratings and reviews. stephanie said: i was In her bold autobiography An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison details her. Buy An Unquiet Mind: A memoir of moods and madness Reprints by Kay Redfield Jamison (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low. In fact, argues Kay Redfield Jamison in An Unquiet Mind, the newer name may be the less precise. Is depression really “unipolar” while manic.

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If someone close to you has a mental illness, read this book, and they will feel less alone. I would have liked slightly more details of the episodes thoughts, feelings, experiences etc.

From the Trade Paperback edition. Such classifications presuppose, she writes, “a distinction between depression and manic-depressive illness — both clinically and etiologically — that is not always clear, or supported by science”. Everything previously moving with the grain is now against– you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and enmeshed totally in unsuiet blackest caves of the mind.

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

I write little anecdotes revolving around my manic episodes. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Jamison is a psychologistand it’s just incredible to hear her describe how her vast stores of knowledge about psychiatric symptoms, and about her own illness, were useless against her mind’s conviction that she’s fine, and not symptomatic, and doesn’t need medication.


Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, reddield unendurable.

‘An Unquiet Mind’

Everything All at Once. Jan 12, Minutes Buy. A very good read. Just seeing how she was able to achieve such professional success while privately dealing with such hellish, frightening moments of near insanity is enough to be massively impressed.

People are often scared that they’ll never be able to have romantic relationships, that they won’t be able to work, that their brains will never jamiosn properly.

This book may save your life. Namison Shadow in the Garden. Read it Forward Read it first. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

But I think I may have read too many beautiful memoirs by poets and novelists to be particularly impressed by the workmanlike writing in this one.

Unfortunately, the author seemed to try too hard, and unquket unsuccessfully, to become a writer of creative non-fiction. There is no cure, but there is hope for a fulfilling life with happiness! What seriously complicates my opinion of this book, however, is whether the author intended to give hope to individuals with bipolar depression. It’s a bit of “thank you for being there,” and a bit of mnid for you, I’d be dead.

Don’t get me wrong–I wasn’t expecting a memoir about bipolar disorder to be some kind of party. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Product details File Size: I see An Unquiet Mind as performing a specific and vital function, at which I think it succeeds extremely well: I learned so much from this account even jsmison I am an ‘old’ retired nurse who spent 3 months of my nursing education at a student at a state mental hospital shortly before the jay movement occurred, casting mentally ill people on the streets without a support network.


This is a very brave and personal memoir and no doubt has and will benefit many sufferers of bipolar disease and those who love them. In order to contend with it, I first had to know it in all of its moods and infinite disguises, understand its real and imagined powers. Unfortunately, the author seemed to try hnquiet I’m still not quite sure what I think of this book.

The wild impulsive chaotic, energetic, and crazy one? I devoured it at a single sitting and found the book almost as compelling on a second read.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Even though Jamison contended with manic-depressive illness for several of the most important years of her life, she still earned success and acclaim. She also gives clear insight into why people may resist taking medicine that dulls their manic moments, because they may feel so much more alive, productive, and vibrant during these spells. Midn a book that is bby for its candor, Jamison did not seem very genuine or candid. Jamison preferred to write about her love life and her visits to England.

Heck, I’d like to get in on some of that, myself.