Thank you for writing this book. Your story and descriptive experience conveys so clearly what it is actually like to live with this condition and this difficult reality. Your book makes me feel that I am not alone in this struggle and that hope exists in achieving a balanced life. I am eternally grateful that you took this courageous step in sharing your story. The stigma against those who suffer from mood disorders leads so many to remain quiet about their condition; often preventing or delaying treatment. After reading your book I felt as if someone had read me a story that presented me with a mirror of my life and mind; an explanation for why I have always felt that I experience life so different from everyone else. It is comforting to know that I am not alone in this experience. The waves of chaotic thoughts in my mind, creation of impulsive imaginative paintings, and the feelings of extreme passion, agitation, anger and anguish are exhausting. I believe your book has saved my life and the lives of others.
I have a niece who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, so I was especially interested in Dr. Jamison's perspective as both a patient and a doctor. It gave me some great insight into what my niece might have been struggling with for many years. I also was relieved to find that there is hope for some peace once time, understanding and the right medications have prevailed.
This is an important book for people wanting to understand relatives and friends who have been diagnosed as bipolar.
The writer SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO NARRATE THEIR OWN BOOKS!! Good gawd, she was awful. Such a downer that made it hard to grasp what she was saying. Not dramatic downer, no, a "I am just reading this book without any interest or voice inflections in the least". It was painful. Too bad because the content of her book was good. I suggest reading this book with your eyes to avoid her ruining it.
Yes. I listened to this in order to have better insight toward manic depression and recovery from a mental illness. The author's experience with manic depression interested me, but her background and life story in general seemed dry and emotionless. I feel some individuals with manic depression would have a tough time relating to her story, because she was born into a life that allowed her to utilize the best resources available for her disorder.
I do respect the author's experience with manic depression, and am glad she wrote this book despite fears about the stigma toward mental illness, and it's potential to negatively impact her personal and professional life. She comes across as very intelligent and educated about the disorder, and shares some great thoughts. The revelation at the end of her memoir had the greatest impact on me because it gave me a different perspective on living with manic depression.
The narrator's voice is so droll that I couldn't get past the first hour. I usually find audio books about mental illness to be quite interesting, but this lady's voice grated on my nerves so much that I couldn't stand to listen to the whole thing. Granted, the subject matter in itself is a bit somber. Maybe I would enjoy it much more if I actually read the book instead.
Say something about yourself!
If this were a fiction book, I would critique it on the basis that the main character is painfully one-dimensional, and as another reviewer wrote, somewhat self-centered. The fact that this is actually a memoir is not a good sign since memoirs are an opportunity for authors to explore their own uniqueness and get beyond narrative cliches. Its a pity that she has applied such a normative frame to understanding the complications of her life, and unless you are totally comfortable with the narrow ambitions and desires of a "normal" bourgeois life, you probably won't find this book compelling.
Kay the narrator, because she was clearly going outside her private comfort zone to tell her story.
When her lover was being buried with the English military honors.
I don't think anything could have made it that high for me. Perhaps the only adjustment possible would have been a different narrator to my liking.. Fat chance for that!
Some may find this book useful and helpful.