©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)
I chose this book because I was required to present a book report on a memoir of some sort and saw that Orion Carloto had recommended this book so I thought why not. And honestly I have never really read/heard such a beautifully worded book I loved it as a whole and if anyone wants a great read I would recommend this one completely. This is honestly the first book I read that wasn't really just fiction but real story with a bigger message behind it and I can't wait to read more with greater insight!
Back when my daughter was 16.
This is book is honest, painful and profound. Listen to the author tell her story instead of reading it and u will learn much more.
The Macho Man knows the madness needed to be the world champ of the WWE, but the whole world need to know of the madness within this audio file, yeah. I'm talking about an insidious, powerful darkness causing the suffering of men and women a like, and this disorder keeps coming no matter how many atomic elbows you drop on it. Oh Yeah, The Macho Man recommends this, because knowledge is power yeah. The more you know about the Manic/Depression, the better you will be when your trapped in the cage with it.
Though my moods (or episodes) don't last as long, everything else in this book is completely relatable. I feel understood in a way that I never have before, for now I know others have and are on a similar journey through the complexity of our minds and emotions.
I highly recommend this book. Jamison is engaging and her story is captivating. Her insights into her experience of Bipolar disorder provide a clear account that will leave you affected.
She didn't want to read her own book. She skipped over her whole childhood and all of her teenage years
It's rare to find a non-fiction book that is so educational and eye-opening, yet reads as effortlessly as a fiction novel. By the time you're done with it, you'll know more about manic depressive disorder/bipolar disorder than you would from any textbook.
The only reason why I didn't rate it 5 stars overall is because this audiobook version is not the same as the current edition on sale now. This may not be an issue for most people (I like to read along with the book) but it's still important to know, especially if you've been assigned to read this book for a class. The audio and written versions aren't TOO different, but the written version does include a really interesting chapter regarding the author's opinion of the term "manic-depressive" being changed to "bipolar".
Very well written and delivered. This is my first foray into the audiobook world... having the author read her own words created an intimacy I hadn't expected. An Unquiet Mind is beautifully told and unquestionably honest.
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.
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