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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679763309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679763307
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (856 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Curtin

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Jamison's memoir springs from her dual perspective as both a psychiatric expert in manic depression and a sufferer of the disease.
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Customer Reviews

This book was an easy read and very helpful in understanding bipolar disorder.
Becky
This book will help families who might have loved ones, diagnosed or not, to get help, and most importantly, to get the right kind of help.
Allan Brain
Kay Redfield Jamison tells the story of her battle with bipolar disorder with amazing candor.
Sammy Madison

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224 of 225 people found the following review helpful By Jaipal Yadav on April 7, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I have a daughter who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was just 17. Up to that point, I had thought that she was just unruly with wild shifts in moods from week to week. I couldn’t put a finger on it. She’s 23 now, and I never really felt like I could understand where she was coming from until I read An Unquiet Mind. I was able to witness her experiences and understand the rationale for her manic ups and depressive lows, but it was still hard to fully comprehend her brain chemistry. An Unquiet Mind helped me keenly understand where my daughter is coming from and how the disorder affects her. I feel like I can offer her more comfort and understanding in her times of need, and I’m very glad I found Ms. Jamison’s book.

I’m also glad I found 21 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy. Although the books might come from opposite ends of the spectrum, reading the latter helped me come to terms with a lot of different things in my life (including my daughter’s disorder). I realized that letting things go is an important aspect of becoming happy. I am prone to holding on to things. I want to be able to offer help to my daughter. It’s obviously my motherly instinct, but I had to realize that I was never going to be happy if my main goal was to “cure” her. Likewise, I was never going to be happy if I kept trying to do things that were impossible. This book helped me find a path toward happiness that I actually walk.

Of course, An Unquiet Mind has drastically improved my relationship with my daughter. I’m happy to say that she just got her bachelor’s degree in psychology and is doing very well for herself. Our relationship is now built on mutual understanding. Of course, I’ll never truly understand what it’s like to have bipolar disorder, but at least I can empathize with my daughter more appropriately.
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722 of 752 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Over the past 20 years I've had several friends who suffered from manic-depressive illnesses. It's abundantly clear to me that the disease is primarily biochemical and "not their fault." But I had trouble understanding why these people refused to take their medication (or stopped taking it after they started) and otherwise engaged in massive denial. Jamison's frank and well-written book was a revelation: now I feel I have a better sense of the seductiveness of mania, and why creative, intelligent people are often willing to risk the lows of their illness for the sake of the highs. As Jamison points out emphatically, however, the long-term effects of bipolar disorder can be devastating mentally and physically (not to mention the financial and personal fallout) -- hence her crusade to understand the basis of the illness, and learn how to fine-tune the medication so that the sufferer achieves equilibrium without deadening the sensitivity and creativity that often accompany this disease. I'd already read "Night Falls Fast," which is also excellent, but this book set out the personal story behind Jamison's research interests. While she insists that love alone won't cure the disease, it's also clear that, without the love of her loyal friends, this intelligent, talented, and articulate woman might never have made it through the more difficult years, let alone become a respected authority in her profession. Anyone who suffers from bipolar disorders, and those who love them, should read this book.
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291 of 311 people found the following review helpful By Elderbear VINE VOICE on March 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
What's it like to have an incurable, but manageable disease? One that changes your perceptions of the world around you, loosens your inhibitions or cripples your ability to do anything? Kay Redfield Jamison pours out her experience of living with a mood disorder, using descriptive, image-evoking prose.
This book contains her life story, told from the point, not just of a disease sufferer, but also from the standpoint of a healer. Dr. Jamison is both. As a psychotherapist & professor of psychiatry, not only did she write a definitive book on the treatment of manic-depressive illness, but she also suffers from the disease herself.
We read her first-person account of how the disease snuck into her life. How parts of it were seductive and alluring, how she enjoyed having the extra energy, the industry; but also how that energy would turn to mania, would be damaging. Then we learn how dark, how bleak the downs could be. She exposes her struggle with medication, how she felt it limited her, how difficult it was to find and maintain the correct dose. We learn about the impact of her disease on her relationships.
She examines the path of manic-depressive illness in her life and paints a picture for the reader. One cannot put this book down without being touched. If you, or somebody you know, suffers from a mood disorder, this book is =REQUIRED= reading. If you would like a deep insightful read, not only will you enjoy this book, but you'll come away from it with a new appreciation for living with a chemically balanced brain.
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176 of 191 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1998
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I picked up a copy of this book at an airport bookstore on my way to a job interview. I typically never read autobiographies or memoirs, but the title of this "An Unquiet Mind" resonated so perfectly with the type of hypomania that I experience. I had just been diagnosed and was (am still) dealing with the stigma, questioning, repercussions, misunderstandings, explanations, etc. This book, written by an authority with both clinical and personal knowledge of manic depression, gave me a better understanding of my own condition, as well as the means to educate others (friends, family) who can't grasp that what they thought was me is actually my illness. Jamison's is the best book I have found to date that can provide insight into the lived experience of both mania and depression. I recommend it to anyone in the field of mental health, as well as to those of us diagnosed bipolar and our families and friends. This is definitely crucial reading to develop an understanding of this devastating disorder.
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