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An Unquiet Mind Audiobook

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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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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    Susan L. Chavis 04-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Oh Yeah"

    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.

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    J. Wright Cedar Hills, UT United States 04-10-16
    J. Wright Cedar Hills, UT United States 04-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Honestly magnificent."

    One of the best and most interesting books I've read in my entire life. I am a religious person, and I believe this is modern day scripture given the wisdom and insight that it teaches.

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    Paul A. Garcia Los Angeles, CA 03-08-16
    Paul A. Garcia Los Angeles, CA 03-08-16 Member Since 2016

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    "excellent and inspiring!"

    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.

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    M. Massey 02-15-16
    M. Massey 02-15-16
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    "Huge sections of this book are missing"
    Would you try another book from Kay Redfield Jamison and/or Kay Redfield Jamison?

    Absolutely not


    Has An Unquiet Mind turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Kay Redfield Jamison’s performance?

    She didn't want to read her own book. She skipped over her whole childhood and all of her teenage years


    What character would you cut from An Unquiet Mind?

    Kay


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    MiMi Travel Nashville, TN USA 02-15-16
    MiMi Travel Nashville, TN USA 02-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye opening and emotional, regardless of whether or not you suffer from a mental illness"

    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".

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    Meredith McGowan 11-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thank you"

    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.

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    phoenix 10-19-15
    phoenix 10-19-15
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    "Only wish the memoir was a bit longer"

    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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    Benjamin Davidson Fremont, CA United States 10-02-15
    Benjamin Davidson Fremont, CA United States 10-02-15
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    "A compassionate review of Manic Depressive Disorder."

    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.

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    Sam 09-15-15
    Sam 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow. Just, wow."

    After a recent diagnosis, it's nice to know someone else thinks the way I do. That I am not as trapped in my own head as I thought I was.

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    Kaiden Chula Vista, CA, United States 07-23-15
    Kaiden Chula Vista, CA, United States 07-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"

    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.

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