Book Reviews of An Unquiet Mind : A Memoir of Moods and Madness

An Unquiet Mind : A Memoir of Moods and Madness
An Unquiet Mind A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Author: Kay Redfield Jamison
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ISBN-13: 9780679763307
ISBN-10: 0679763309
Publication Date: 1/14/1995
Pages: 240
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 228 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 13
Ironically, gives a balanced view of both the manic and depressive parts of the illness, while also laying out a straight-forward clinical view. The description of the mania is possibly the best and most accurate I've ever read.
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Helpful Score: 7
A great memoir to read. Kay Redfield Jamison not only is a foremost authority on manic-Depressive Illness (Bipolar Disorder) but she is also a sufferer. Her insight into the illness is good and her experiences give insight to the illness. One must remember that she is a Dr. so some of the book is a little more dry and medical/pshiatry like rather than it being an easily flowing story. however, I truly enjoyes the book and I think it is one lts of individuals should read. This is also a BookCrossing.com book.
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Helpful Score: 6
This is a first-person account of bipolar disorder written by a psychiatrist specializing in such mood disorders. Well written, insightful for those who live with people who have mental challenges.
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Helpful Score: 5
An interesting memoir of a woman's struggle with bipolar disease. Convinced me you can have bipolar disorder, control it, and have a wonderful, succesful life. Recommended for ANYONE struggling with this disease.
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Helpful Score: 4
Great book to learn about manic depression from one who experienced it 1st hand as well as is a professor at John Hopkins.
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Helpful Score: 3
A bit disturbing to read if you've ever have suffered from mental problems, but really good.
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Helpful Score: 3
Fascinating and intimate insight into the life of a woman who suffers from manic-depressive illness. Candid and articulate, her narrative is instantly engaging and readable.
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Enormous insight into manic-depressive illness
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A brilliant first hand exploration of manic depressive disorder.
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An intimate look at the life of someone living with Manic-Depressive illness as well as being a doctor treating people with mood disorders.
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An intimate look at the life of someone living with Bipolar Disorder.
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A fascinating life story, worthwhile reading.
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I loved this book. As a fellow bipolar, it really made me feel 'not crazy' and it helped a lot knowing that other people feel the same way and go through the same things as I do!
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Amazing book that truly tells the paths of being Bipolar.
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Well written; moving; insightful; helps one understand a terrible disease; Dr Jamison is an impressive person.
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Helpful Score: 1
An excellent writer. Very talented. I enjoyed the book. Intelligent read.
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This is the best book I've read on being bipolar. It helps one recognize the impulsiveness that goes hand in hand with the disorder. For those unlucky enough to have the disease, you are swept up into articulate recognition of what you need to do. I highly recommend it. It helped a lot, giving me cues to watch for.
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I read this book when I was first diagnosed as bipolar, and it helped me come to terms with my diagnosis. It had taken 6 years for the proper diagnosis, and as such, my treatment had never quite matched my illness. This book helped me to understand my behaviors and moods, and helped me understand I wasn't alone. It was a beautifully written poignant memoir for me.
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"An Unquiet Mind is a beautiful, funny, original book. Powerfully written, it is a wonderful and important account of mercurial moods and madness. Dr. Jamison comes across as a fiery, witty, and independent woman. I absolutely love this book." -Pan Conroy
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wow, an eye opener for those not familiar with mania.
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an amazing book, couldn't put it down! She write in such an engaging manner that you are immediately drawn into her story and she gives you an understanding that makes the workings of the mind clear. A must read for anyone interested in "disorders" of the mind.
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This was a fascinating experience of manic-depression, viewed from the inside looking out. An amazing read!
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This was a classic case of overdone expectations. I had heard so much about the book, I was disappointed. Somehow her clinical view took the punch out of her story.
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An excellent personal account into the life of one who has experienced what she is teaching firsthand. A brave memoir.
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Great view from the other sside.
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I had to read this for a graduate course and enjoyed it. It gives you all the information you will need to know about Bipolar Disorder but not in a boring way. Would recommend this book especially if you know someone with this mood disorder.
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This memoir is the real-life story of a woman with manic-depression (bipolar disorder) and the way it impacts her life. It is dramatic, funny, poetic, sad, and beautiful all at the same time.
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She's a good writer. Of course, writing about yourself is easier, but still, she does it well.
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This memoir is good and revealing, and I learned a lot about maniac-depressive illness. I thought it was a bit too long, and that it would have been much improved if the other side of the story had been told concurrently. Bits and pieces were missing, as though she was not ready to truly tell us everything.
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Author recounts her personal struggle with bi-polar illness.
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moving personal story
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Very insightful. An excellent read. Will not be reposting at this time. Will be lending book to family and friends locally.
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Very insightful.