An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness - Picador Classic (Paperback)
  • An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness - Picador Classic (Paperback)

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness - Picador Classic (Paperback)

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Published: 01/01/2015
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In this invaluable and deeply affecting memoir, one of the leading experts on manic depression shares her unique understanding of the condition, having experienced it both as a doctor and a patient.

With an introduction by Andrew Solomon

I was used to my mind being my best friend. Now, all of a sudden, my mind had turned on me: it mocked me for my vapid enthusiasms; it laughed at all of my foolish plans; it no longer found anything interesting or enjoyable or worthwhile.

Dr Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic depression (bipolar disorder) - and has experienced its terrors and cruel allure first-hand. While pursuing her career in medicine, she was affected by the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic lows that afflicted many of her patients. From her jubilant childhood to the disquiet that has dominated her adult life, she charts a journey through her own mind, and those of others.

An Unquiet Mind is a definitive examination of manic depression from both sides: doctor and patient, the healer and the healed. A classic memoir of enormous candour and courage, it teems with the wit and wisdom of its creator.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447275282
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 186 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 17 mm


It stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty - Oliver Sacks

Affecting, honest, touching - Will Self

An invaluable memoir of manic depression, at once medically knowledgeable, deeply human and beautifully written . . . Unashamedly honest - New York Times Book Review

Rises to the poetic and has a mystical touch . . . a courageous and fascinating book, a moving account of the life of a remarkable woman - Daily Telegraph

Jamison's [strength] is the gutsy way she has made her disease her life's work and in her brilliant ability to convey its joys and its anguish . . . Extraordinary - Washington Post

Harrowing reading but the writer has the wit and the soul of a poet - The Economist

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If you have any interest in psychiatric disorders and how they affect a person, you should read this. I was fascinated and completely invested in Kay's story from the first page. it's also a very frank... More

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