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WITH A NEW PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR
In her bestselling classic,An Unquiet Mind,Kay Redfield Jamison changed the way we think about moods and madness.
Dr. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, Jamison found herself succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients, as her disorder launched her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempted suicide.
Here Jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication.An Unquiet Mindis a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives.
“An invaluable memoir of manic depression, at once medically knowledgeable, deeply human and beautifully written . . . at times poetic, at times straightforward, always unashamedly honest.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Stands alone in the literature of manic-depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty.”
“Jamison’s [strength] is in the gutsy way she has made her disease her life’s work and in her brilliant ability to convey its joys and its anguish. . . . Extraordinary.”
—Washington Post Book World
“The most emotionally moving book I’ve ever read about the emotions.”
—William Safire,The New York Times Magazine
“Written with poetic and moving sensitivity . . . a rare and insightful view of mental illness from inside the mind of a trained specialist.”
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