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An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
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Apr 09, 2012

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I found this book both informative and alarming in its description of bipolar disorder. The author's portrayal of her struggle is brave and beautifully written, with clear and detailed analysis of the progress of the disease. However, where I hoped to find solid advice for coping with depression and bouts of mania, I was disappointed. The book is what it says it is; a memoir, and not a self-help book. In the end, a strong case is made for medication and compliance with a regime of drugs.

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“Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: you are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. You're frightened, and you're frightening, and you're "not at all like yourself but will be soon," but you know you won't.”
Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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