Amazing Ebook, An Unquiet Mind A Memoir Of Moods And Madness By Kay Redfield Jamison This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book An Unquiet Mind A Memoir Of Moods And Madness, Essay By Kay Redfield Jamison Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You I worked on a locked ward at the time, and I didn t relish the idea of not having the keyThe author suffers from manic depressive illness who chooses this coin of phrase as opposed to bipolar disorder, and I tend to agree with her She is a brilliant mind, an academic and health care professional and absolute authority on this subject she lives and breathes the disease but is able to treat her patients with complete and utter understanding and of course, empathy This is Kay s memoir, and it is just simply very interesting and fascinating reading She has ridden the extreme mania highs and suffered the almost deadly depressions and tells her story with eloquence, humour and authorityTempestuous temperamentseems the perfect way to describe this lady whoinstead of buying two tickets for a concert would by eight or ten. Kay speaks simply of her problemNo pill can help me deal with the problem of not wanting to take pills likewise, no amount of psychotherapy alone can prevent my manias and depressions I need both It is an odd thing, owing life to pills, one s own quirks and tenacities, and this unique, strange, and ultimately profound relationship called psychotherapyInteresting take on her own self worthI doubted, completely, my ability to do anything wellShe is even humorousBut money spent when manic doesn t fit into the Internal Revenue Service concept of medical expense or business loss So after mania, when most depressed, you re given excellent reason to be even soKay Redfield Jamison has come quite the guru for me Would love to meet her in real life I work in an academic library therefore I have unlimited access to her work Fancy a 1kg text book anyone Unfortunately, I will never get through all her work This one does fascinate me though Robert Lowell setting the river on fire a study of genius, mania, and character. I may get to this soonI was late to understand that chaos and intensity are no substitute for lasting love, nor are they necessarily an improvement on real life Normal people are not always boring On the contrary Volatility and passion, although often romantic and enticing, are not intrinsically preferable to a steadiness of experience and feeling about another person nor are they incompatible I am tired of hiding, tired of misspent and knotted energies, tired of the hypocrisy, and tired of acting as though I have something to hide An Unquiet Mind A Memoir of Moods and Madness is an honest and profoundly dramatic memoir that reveals the challenges and sufferings faced by people that suffer from bipolar disorder Kay Redfield Jamison herself endured the dangerous highs of euphoria mixed with the lows of depression Her professional success as a clinical psychologist coupled with her forthright story helps to diminish the stigma of this serious mental illness that affect manyThere is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness, and terror involved in this kind of madness When you re high it s tremendous The ideas and feelings are fast and frequent like shooting stars, and you follow them until you find better and brighter ones Shyness goes, the right words and gestures are suddenly there, the power to captivate others a felt certainty There are interests found in uninteresting people Sensuality is pervasive and the desire to seduce and be seduced irresistible Feelings of ease, intensity, power, well being, financial omnipotence, and euphoria pervade one s marrow But, somewhere, this changes The fast ideas are far too fast, and there are far too many overwhelming confusion replaces clarity Memory goes Humor and absorption on friends faces are replaced by fear and concern Everything previously moving with the grain is now against you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and enmeshed totally in the blackest caves of the mind You never knew those caves were there It will never end, for madness carves its own reality Insightful, poignant and thoroughly revealing Highly recommended A lot of people seem to have a negative reaction to this book, which I totally get I didn t find Jamison a particularly likable person, and this wasn t great literature, though it did go down fast and smooth.Be that as it may, I ve strongly recommended An Unquiet Mind several times, and I can t judge it by the normal standards that I apply to most books I see An Unquiet Mind as performing a specific and vital function, at which I think it succeeds extremely well that is, Jamison s memoir does a spectacular job of demonstrating that a severe mental illness can and does affect intelligent, high functioning people who periodically struggle with symptoms but are able to manage their illness and live full, meaningful lives and uniquely and importantly, I think b An Unquiet Mind does an AMAZING job of demonstrating how powerful one s lack of true insight into one s mental illness can be Jamison is a psychologist, and 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 It s just such a great illustration of how intelligence and knowledge aren t assets at all and might even be liabilities when it comes to understanding and accepting one s own psychiatric disorder.As a social worker, I work with people who are diagnosed with severe mental illness mostly schizophrenia, but also many with severe bipolar disorder The vast majority of my clients have little in common with the relatively wealthy, privileged Jamison aside from a diagnosis, and I doubt most would relate much to her story, but on occasion I try to force one of them to read this book An Unquiet Mind is good medicine for literate, intelligent people who would be successful in maintaining jobs and relationships if they could manage their symptoms, who fear that their diagnosis is a death sentence for their chances at a normal life I think Jamison does an excellent job of showing how this struggle to live with a severe mental illness plays out, and of getting across how difficult it is to accept the realities and limitations of one s disease in the interest of reclaiming the sense of self and real life that disease has jeopardized.Actually, a lot of the most annoying and boring parts of this book e.g., Jamison s emphasis on her tiresome love affairs and her tic of constantly reminding us how great she is are much of what I want certain of my clients to read Being diagnosed with a psychotic disorder is terrifying and can be very dehumanizing 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 function properly People in that position need reassurance that being mentally ill doesn t mean you re unattractive or stupid or doomed to become some pathetic and useless zombified shuffler I d recommend this book to people who could relate somewhat to the author, who need to know that they can recover from mental illness 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. . Just ran across this review of An Unquiet Mind that I wrote a couple of years ago January 2009 As I go back through blog posts, Twitter feeds, book reviews, etc., it amazes me how difficult a time I was having and how I was paying NO attention to that whatsoever It was all about someone else And really, in this book, that s how Jamison seems to think it should be.I just had the opportunity to re read this book when it was offered on the Kindle, and I was surprised I seemed to remember it as being immensely insightful the first time I read it, but consider that that was immediately after my husband s initial bipolar 1 diagnosis This was the first book everyone was recommending back then Now, several years of living with a bipolar spouse later, I read it and think, Meh I have tremendous respect for Jamison as a leader in this field of study, but I can t figure out what she was going for in this memoir It seems to have been written FOR herself than about herself, if that makes sense it reads as very personal and cathartic.Is it helpful for others, though I m not so sure There are some wonderful passages in which she borrows from images in poetry and literature, and those, for me, make the book worth reading But I don t get much of a sense of hope for those dealing with manic depressive illness, because Jamison s resources were are simply out of the reach of most of us.If my husband had access to the level of care that Jamison has enjoyed throughout her life, he d probably be doing much better Who WOULDN T thrive with near daily psychiatric attention and round the clock home care which, just by the way, is provided by friends family lovers, most of whom happen to be practicing psychiatrists Heck, I d like to get in on some of that, myself As it is, we receive financial assistance from our physicians, to lower our co pay, so that he can see a therapist not an MD, but a psychologist once a week, and even that s a burden Then there s couples therapy, because this disease puts a mighty strain on a marriage As someone in the caretaker role, to use Jamison s own terminology, I found the message of the memoir a bit burdensome Yes, she shows great appreciation for her loved ones and their unflagging support She also puts ENORMOUS weight on that support as being the key to her success That only reads as a compliment the first few times, then it becomes a sledge hammer of obligation and guilt.I don t know I m conflicted this time around It s a bit of thank you for being there, and a bit of but for you, I d be dead That s a lot of pressure, gratitude or no. So far about half way done1 star for her vanity and pretension 5 stars because of the taxidermic fox3 stars being a calculated average UPDATE Perhaps I have been corrupted by the reviews I read before finishing this book however, I am still trying to wash Kay Redfield Jamison s self haughtiness out of my mind I think that the first chapter and the last chapter are the only ones with any weight Chapter one is about Jamison s childhood and specifically, her manic father The second chapter is suddenly academic and speaks about the semantics of the disease manic depression vs bipolar disorder and the choice to use certain words which may be construed as offensive madness The rest of the book can be recycled I chose An Unquiet Mind because I was hoping for a candid account of moods from someone who studies them not an embellished CV personal ad Here is a sum up of the book SWF with mood disorder seeks tall, charming, handsome man for lots of passionate lovemaking must be compassionate, understanding, and artistic I write little anecdotes revolving around my manic episodes Aren t I charming I use lots of adjectives, such as black and bleak, to describe my depression.My family and friends support me and love me My sister deals with manic depression as well, but she does not support me and she is against Lithium she is such a bitch and I don t talk to her any Have I mentioned I am spectacular Lithium Take it or you will die Insert Byron, Edna St Vincent Millay, William James quote I listen to Schubert and Mozart I like art For a book that is praised for its candor, Jamison did not seem very genuine or candid Her first marriage, for example, ended in perceivable heartbreak when she left her husband on impulse Instead of delving into her relationships that were injured by her bipolar disorder, she glosses over them She explains that she and her first husband are still friends no hard feelings and leaves it at that But oh the pages she spends on her perfect, sexualized, relationships Jamison is redundant and self centered I wanted to like this book, but it fell so far from my expectations I recognize that manic episodes and depressive states are not the same for everyone, but there was something dubious about Jamison s account I am curious about what her peers thought of her incessant self grandiosity I would agree that it takes courage to share such personal experiences with others, but do it right Manic depression alienates Jamison glorifies and romanticizes her disorder, calling it madness and relating her mania to flying around Saturn and dancing in the rain Mania can lead to adventures and funny stories, but it also can incur humility and regret Likewise, debilitating depression can cause one to miss out on positive opportunities. . . .
Kay Redfield Jamison born June 22, 1946 is an American clinical psychologist and writer who is one of the foremost experts on bipolar disorder She is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is an Honorary Professor of English at the University of St Andrews.
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- An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
- Kay Redfield Jamison
- 27 July 2019 Kay Redfield Jamison