©1995 Kay Redfield Jamison; (P)2010 Random House
"From Kay Redfield Jamison - an international authority on manic-depressive illness, and one of the few women who are full professors of medicine at American Universities - a remarkable personal testimony: the revelation of her own struggle since adolescence with manic depression, and how it shaped her life. With vivid prose and wit, she takes us into the fascinating and dangerous territory of this form of madness - a world in which one pole can be the alluring dark land ruled by what Byron called the 'melancholy star of the imagination,' and the other a desert of depression and, all too frequently, death." (Amazon.com review)
Author did a nice job of narration. I personally connected to the story....a cautionary tale of what can happen when you will not accept a diagnosis and/or refuse to take your meds properly. That being said, Jamison's frank and inspiring story not only leaves you wanting more, but gives hope for the future. A must read if you or a loved one has been diagnosed bipolar.
The author and reader are Kay Jamison. She is a PhD physiologist and clinical practitioner who has studied and lived with manic depressive disorder for over 30 year. The work is elegant and poignant as well as deeply personal and insightful. It is beautiful and recommended for anyone suffering from or living with someone with the disorder.
I found her use of adjectives to be annoying at times. Overall I enjoyed learning about her perspective of bipolar disorder. I didn't really get into her love life parts. I can see why she talks about her love life as it seems to be a big part of her experience with bipolar.
She does such a beautiful job of expressing and capturing the mind of someone who is manic depressive. It truly touched my soul to hear someone for first time so beautifully speak as if they knew what was in my mind and exactly how it feels to be me. No one can truly understand what it's like to be manic depressive unless you are manic depressive. Most people have never and will never experience the highs of one's own mind and feelings. To lose it is to lose the greatest part of yourself and like the she says it's far too tempting to seek out some way to regain that sense of self once you begin medication.
Enjoyed this book! It provided me with great insight for helping those I know and cafe for with bipolar disorder. Thank you Kay for sharing your story.
My son was recently been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Kay relates her own story and struggle which helps me understand more my son and his own struggle, making me more aware and sensitive to the hurdles he will face.
It sheds great light and hope into it.
Is for everybody who would like to understand more about this disorder.
I appreciate the depth and honesty of the author. As a therapist, I look for the 'sea wall' where there is less brackishness...in my clients and self. Still, the stigma of mood disorders continues. Not every chairman of a department, a boss, a husband or wife, a lover understands. To bring these words, experiences, feelings into consciousness and into dialogue is essential. I want to honor this courageous writer, sufferer, and spokesperson. Thank you.
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