- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (Jan. 14 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780679763307
- ISBN-13: 978-0679763307
- ASIN: 0679763309
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness Paperback – Jan 14 1997
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In Touched with Fire, Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychiatrist, turned a mirror on the creativity so often associated with mental illness. In this book she turns that mirror on herself. With breathtaking honesty she tells of her own manic depression, the bitter costs of her illness, and its paradoxical benefits: "There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness and terror involved in this kind of madness.... It will never end, for madness carves its own reality." This is one of the best scientific autobiographies ever written, a combination of clarity, truth, and insight into human character. "We are all, as Byron put it, differently organized," Jamison writes. "We each move within the restraints of our temperament and live up only partially to its possibilities." Jamison's ability to live fully within her limitations is an inspiration to her fellow mortals, whatever our particular burdens may be. --Mary Ellen Curtin
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Jamison's memoir springs from her dual perspective as both a psychiatric expert in manic depression and a sufferer of the disease.
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I can honestly say that this is one of the only books that were relevant to the life i'm living. It doesn't hurt that her story tugs on all the right heart strings.
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