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An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

22 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

I Live This Illness Everyday....

I have been living with this illness for very long time, doctors and meds are an ongoing event in my life....I decided after this deep comma like depression I was in,the lasest drug that gave me heart racing affects to the point of no return...I decided to start searchi...
I have been living with this illness for very long time, doctors and meds are an ongoing event in my life....I decided after this deep comma like depression I was in,the lasest drug that gave me heart racing affects to the point of no return...I decided to start searching for my own answers...as any manic will tell you we buy in bulk, I purchased 4 books this day and Dr.Kay Jamison 'An Unqiuet Mind' was one of them.. It was like reading my life through her pages, it was a breakthrough for me , I am currently I'm off meds for the past 4 day due to severe side effect,I will bring this book in hopes they will try lithuim tomorrow ,I will tell them she has saved MY LIFE MY MIND as well.. My father commited suicide when I was just 7 and and one struggling like I am, SHOULD read this book. I started today and read the entire book today, I couldn't put it down and was feeling terrible about getting close to the end...I will pass this book on to my husband then my daughter so they may somehow understand my mind...THANK YOU Dr. Kay Jamison from the very corners of my mind.... I will try to find her so I can send her a letter of hope for me as well..This is a MUST read, a little FYI I'm not a reader never have been unless it's a magazine, for me to pick this book up and read it cover to cover must say something, right.

posted by Behind_Closed_Eyes on December 4, 2008

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7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Unbelievable and Pretentious

The best thing about this book is the title. Beyond that, I found the writing rambling and repetitive. The utter lack of situational details and contradictory statements makes me wonder if this author really does suffer from manic depressive disorder to the extent she c...
The best thing about this book is the title. Beyond that, I found the writing rambling and repetitive. The utter lack of situational details and contradictory statements makes me wonder if this author really does suffer from manic depressive disorder to the extent she claims. I find her pretentious and condescending, and sense that the book is written primarily for the purposes of self-glorification rather than to give an honest depiction of life in unique circumstances - something I expect from a good memoir.

posted by Anonymous on November 2, 2007

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    Posted February 9, 2009

    Insightful biographical account

    1st person insight into bipolar disorder

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    Rollercoaster reading

    There are some good bipolar books based on personal experience. The gift here of course is that this one is written by a doctor who balances her wild and sad ride with professional insights. Very good book. Also impressive: IN THE GHOST COUNTRY, the poetic and compelling account of Peter Hillary's descent into hallucinatory madness and grief on the walk to the South Pole. A whole new way of writing about the emotions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2000

    Greatest ever

    This was definately the best book I have read ina long time. The indepth look into her life and illness gave the book a great resillience.

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