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An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
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Sep 06, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: psychology-other, nonfiction
Recommended for: Everyone

This was an outstanding read!!

I am a graduate school psych major and was first told about this book 8 years ago when I was a freshman undergrad. My "General Psychology" professor mentioned it to the 400 students in her lecture hall... and I happened to be paying attention. Shortly after I went and bought the book, well before I had even decided to become a psychologist. I am so glad that I listened to her and went to get this book! It has given me such a perspective into the mind of someone with this disorder, it's incredible. It is really unimagineable the amount of insight i gained from this book. Jamison took such a leap writting this book about her own disorder, I give her so much credit. IT's not easy facing bipolar disorder, let alone facing your own demons with it. But Jamison pulled it off with the utmost poise. My hat goes off to her!
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Jonathan Brill One of the big problems with the vast majority of memoirs focused on mental illness is that such books follow the narrative arc of “the person got sick, and sicker, and sicker, and sicker – and then, with the help of family and fantastic access to the best mental health care available, a miraculous recovery occurred and the person went on to be famous, widely acclaimed, and had a wonderful life.” These stories are surely important and uplifting, but there is a downside to them too: they are the one in a million exception to how it goes down for nearly all who suffer serious mental illness and, as such, they send the wrong message about how devasting a serious mental illness almost always is. An important exception is Pruchno’s “Surrounded By Madness.” This book, told from the perspective of a daughter of a mother and the mother of a daughter with serious mental illness, tells it like it is for almost all who suffer serious mental illness and the family members who suffer right along with them. Beautifully written as a series of short vignettes sequenced in time, you will be hooked from the first page. It’s that good.


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