At 28, Kay Redfield Jamison had her doctorate in clinical psychology and was teaching at UCLA where she was an associate professor of psychiatry. But unbeknownst to most of those around her, she was also severely mentally ill. She had been ravaged by manic-depressive illness for years. She tried to kill herself at the time in her life when to the outside world, she had everything going for her. Kay Jamison did more than just survive her suicide attempt. She became a nationally recognized expert in manic depressive illness, the disease that almost killed her. Jamison explains the world of the mentally ill from the inside out. It is a harrowing tale, but one that is filled with hope and the power of healing. The world has recognized her talents: Her memoir about her madness, "An Unquiet Mind," was a best-seller and was followed by her critically acclaimed book on suicide, "Night Falls Fast." She's on the faculty of a prestigious medical school, Johns Hopkins University, and has won the MacArthur Foundation "genius award." Anchor: Ted Koppel Airdate: December 12, 2002
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