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An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness Paperback – January 14, 1997
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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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Kay Jamison has a fascinating life, and her description of her academic and personal life and how all of it has been affected by her illness has been a pleasure to read. This is a very brave and personal memoir and no doubt has and will benefit many sufferers of bipolar disease and those who love them.