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5.0 out of 5 stars Crucial for Understanding Bipolar, March 18, 1998
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This review is from: An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness (Paperback)
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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Initial post: Jun 23, 2011 1:47:11 PM PDT
snicky58 says:
EXCELLENT review -- you took the words right out of my mouth (or my PC).

I wish you the best of luck dealing with your newly-diagnosed manic depressive illness.
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