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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who has, knows someone with it is interested in bipolar
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3.0 out of 5 stars told and described rather than brought to life in any kind of scene
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5.0 out of 5 stars insightful and sometimes funny account of learning to live with Bipolar Disorder
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am not mentall health trained but bought this to help understand family member a little better, a wonderful book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bipolar disorder or Manic Depression de-mystified.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book helped still my racing mind
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and insightful memoir of dealing with Bi-Polar disorder
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