Monday, August 8, 2011

Manic Depression : An Unquiet Mind

I was surfing the net last week and I stumbled upon this book:-

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

what is this book about?

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 Mind is a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives.

Hence i had to look inside and these few pages caught my attention:-

These pages actually potray what I feel most of the time for the past 3 years. No doubt I had to get hold of this book ASAP. Since is just a few clicks away, I ordered a copy.

Let us take a look at how Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, psychiatry professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shares her experiences with living every day with the mania and severe depression that she had studied for years. She talks openly of the challenges she faced with the treatment and disclosure of her mental illness.



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