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An Unquiet Mind | [Kay Redfield Jamison]

An Unquiet Mind

The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.
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Publisher's Summary

The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.

©1995 Kay Redfield Jamison; (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Melina 04-15-15
    Melina 04-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to An Unquiet Mind again? Why?

    I will listen to this again. This memoir made me cry because it is so relatable. I was recently diagnosed and this book was recommended by my therapist. I'm really glad that people are brave enough to be honest. I know that I have a hard road ahead, but I hope in the future I can help others as she has helped me. I highly recommend this memoir.


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    Irene L. Culkeen usa 03-23-15
    Irene L. Culkeen usa 03-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Eye opening"

    The story is a very personal account of this disease. As it is read by the author, one takes away an even more personal account of her struggles, and helps the reader to relate to the story.

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    Stephanie D. Sullivan 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I am humbled"

    I am so humbled by her openness and her resolve. May we all live with such Grace! This has been an adventure

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    Hannah 03-04-15
    Hannah 03-04-15
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    "Quick, helpful listen"

    Very quick, yet FULL of wisdom, scientific knowledge, and shared experiences that will have the reader feel as if they are understood, as well.

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    Traci 03-01-15
    Traci 03-01-15
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    "BORING!!!!"
    What did you like best about An Unquiet Mind? What did you like least?

    This book was so boring and so repetitive. If your not required to read this like I was, read something else!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kay Redfield Jamison?

    I don't know. But she did not do that great of a job seeing that it is her own story. Sounded dull and monotone. I grew quickly tired of hearing her voice.


    Could you see An Unquiet Mind being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No way


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate her courageousness in telling her story and all of the trials and tribulations she has endured. She is undoubtedly a strong women. However, the book was not well written or stimulating at all.

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    kari 02-28-15
    kari 02-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Where IS the full story?"

    I don't understand why the author chose to massively skip huge parts of the book. I had to read this book for school and she skips paragraphs, sentences I believe even chapters. It is obnoxious. I felt totally robbed by paying for this audio book

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    Jennifer Michigan, USA 01-31-14
    Jennifer Michigan, USA 01-31-14 Member Since 2011

    You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney

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    "Not bad, just not for me"
    What disappointed you about An Unquiet Mind?

    I would not say that I was disappointed by the book, but only that I was left unsatisfied.


    What could Kay Redfield Jamison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The words were filled with joy, sadness and excitement at times, but the narration was not. I would have liked to hear more feeling.


    What three words best describe Kay Redfield Jamison’s performance?

    She read the words. (okay that was four, but you get the point)


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes! It was very informative. It was delivered in a very smart, but clinical way. It was opening to something that some of us have only seen protrayed in television shows. I think that there was a lot of good, if you had an interest. I just did not enjoy the delivery.


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    Giselle 09-19-13
    Giselle 09-19-13
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    "Thank you!"
    What does Kay Redfield Jamison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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    Kathryn 11-19-12
    Kathryn 11-19-12
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unquiet Mind the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an important book for people wanting to understand relatives and friends who have been diagnosed as bipolar.

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    Virginia California 09-24-12
    Virginia California 09-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good INFO but..."

    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.

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