WITH A NEW PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR
In her bestselling classic, An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison changed the way we think about moods and madness.
Dr. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, Jamison found herself succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients, as her disorder launched her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempted suicide.
Here Jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication. An Unquiet Mind is a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives.
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In Touched with Fire, Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychiatrist, turned a mirror on the creativity so often associated with mental illness. In this book she turns that mirror on herself. With breathtaking honesty she tells of her own manic depression, the bitter costs of her illness, and its paradoxical benefits: "There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness and terror involved in this kind of madness.... It will never end, for madness carves its own reality." This is one of the best scientific autobiographies ever written, a combination of clarity, truth, and insight into human character. "We are all, as Byron put it, differently organized," Jamison writes. "We each move within the restraints of our temperament and live up only partially to its possibilities." Jamison's ability to live fully within her limitations is an inspiration to her fellow mortals, whatever our particular burdens may be. --Mary Ellen CurtinFrom the Publisher:
"It stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty."
-- Oliver Sacks
"The most emotionally moving book I've ever read about emotions."
--William Safire, The New York Times Magazine
"An invaluable memoir of manic depression, at once medically knowledgeable, deeply human, and beautifully written ... at times poetic, at times straightforward, always unashamedly honest."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Written with poetic and moving sensitivity ... a rare and insightful view of mental illness from inside the mind of a trained specialist."
"A distinguished addition to the literature of mental illness, worthy of comparison to the classics in the genre, such as William Styron's Darkness Visible."
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Book Description Vintage, 1996. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: An invaluable memoir of manic depression, at once medically knowledgeable, deeply human and beautifully written . . . at times poetic, at times straightforward, always unashamedly honest. - The New York Times Book Review Stands alone in the literature of manic-depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty. -Oliver Sacks Jamisons [strength] is in the gutsy way she has made her disease her lifes work and in her brilliant ability to convey its joys and its anguish. . . . Extraordinary. - Washington Post Book World The most emotionally moving book Ive ever read about the emotions. -William Safire, The New York Times Magazine Written with poetic and moving sensitivity . . . a rare and insightful view of mental illness from inside the mind of a trained specialist. - Time Enlighting . . . eloquent and profound. - San Francisco Chronicle Piercingly honest. . . . Jamisons literary coming-out is a mark of courage. - People Brave, insightful, richly textured and chillingly authentic. - Boston Globe A riveting portrayal of a courageous brain alternating between exhilarating highs and numbing lows. -James D. Watson, Nobel laureate and author of The Double Helix In a most intimate and powerful telling, Jamison weaves the personal and professional threads of her life together. . . . [She] brings us inside the disease and helps us understand manic depression. . . . What comes through is a remarkably whole person with the grit to defeat her disease. - Cleveland Plain Dealer A riveting read. I devoured it at a single sitting and found the book almost as compelling on a second read. . . . An Unquiet Mind may well become a classic. . . . Jamison sets an example of courage. -Howard Gardner, Nature Stunning. . . . [An] exquisite (in both a literary and medical sense) autobiography. . . . This is an important, wonderful book. - Jackson Clarion Ledger Extraordinary. . . . An Unquiet Mind must be read. - The New England Journal of Medicine A beautiful, funny, original book. Powerfully written, it is a wonderful and important account of mercurial moods and madness. I absolutely love this book. -Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides A landmark. . . . The combination of the intensity of her personal life and the intellectual rigor of her professional experience make the book unique. . . . A vibrant and engaging account of the life, love and experience of a woman, a therapist, an academic, and a patient. - British Medical Journal Affecting, honest, touching . . . fluid, felt and often lyrical. -Will Self, The Observer (London) Quite astonishing. . . . Cuts through the dead jargon and detached observations of psychiatric theory and practice to create a fiery, passionate, authentic account of the devastation and exaltation, the blindness and illumination of the psychotic experience. - The Sunday Times (London) Rises to the poetic and has a mystical touch. . . . A courageous and fascinating book, a moving account of the life of a remarkable woman. - The Daily Telegraph (London) Fast-paced, startlingly honest and frequently lyrical. . . . Jamison has] a novelists openness of phrase and talent for bringing character alive. - Scotland on Sunday Superbly written. . . . A compelling work of literature. - Independent on Sunday (London) From the Trade Paperback edition. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0679763309
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