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An Unquiet Mind Audiobook

An Unquiet Mind

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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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    David 12-12-16
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    "eye opening to whom lives with "an unquiet mind""

    learned that others feel what I do, I am not alone in this struggle



    great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nanna 11-28-16
    Nanna 11-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "honest"

    this book was open honest and smart
    it showed a real picture of bipoler in good and bad

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 10-19-16
    Sarah 10-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Bravery and Honesty"
    If you could sum up An Unquiet Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Brave<br/>Honest<br/>Truthful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Unquiet Mind?

    When Kay allowed herself to trust her husband with the truth of her illness, I believe she crossed a line that was the point of no return. She believed herself to be loved and accepted by another, but it was truly she who had grown into acceptance of herself.


    What does Kay Redfield Jamison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The fatigue in her voice simply re-telling her own story compelled me to continue to listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There could be no better tag line than the title, "An Unquiet Mind," for it sums up the manic/depressive state-of-mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to Kay for taking the time to write something educational, yet so very heartfelt and, at times, gut-wrenching.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Realization, Relatability, Reasoning"

    The end was everything! A true insiders view on real struggles that are all around us. Whether you're someone who's struggles in reality or you personally know someone who does ... this novel is made for everyone who is willing to see things from a different point of view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam 09-12-16
    Sam 09-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully Honest"

    I suffer from BP, and this book perfectly articulated my feelings in a way I never could. I wish I could hug the author and tell her thank you thank you thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dezi17 08-13-16
    Dezi17 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An unquiet mind brave woman"

    I enjoyed the book and I honour the brave woman who risked huge judgement to write it in the hopes it will help her heal and help others.

    I would recommend this book to anyone with mental illness or supporting someone with mental illness.

    The author reads with passion and deep connection that only someone with first hand experience can deliver.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Washington, DC, United States 05-31-10
    Gary Washington, DC, United States 05-31-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting story"

    Tough subject but an interesting story. Not for everyone though. Likely best for those whose interest run in this area.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Coehlo 01-09-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Understanding bipolar disorder"
    What did you love best about The Unquiet Mind?

    The author did a great job describing why so many with bipolar disorder struggle taking the prescribed medications.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unquiet Mind?

    The author's stories of how she revealed her disorder to the men in her life, her employer, and the world.


    Did Kay Redfield Jamison do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This story was about Kay Redfield Jamison. There were not any other characters in the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Although the event had little to do with bipolar disorder, the moment in the book that moved me was when her partner, David, died unexpectedly.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a particularly good book to read if you or any of your loved ones are taking lithium for treatment of bipolar disorder. The author does a good job of talking about the pros and cons of treatment, and the benefit of treatment in spite of losing her hypomanic moments. She also does a good job discussing the pros and cons of parenting with bipolar disorder.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lane Alexander Baldillez 08-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Grateful for those that share the journey"

    Appreciate the author narrating. Made it much more personal. A few sections were slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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