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An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

By Kay Redfield Jamison

WITH a brand new PREFACE by means of THE AUTHOR

In her bestselling vintage, An Unquiet brain, Kay Redfield Jamison replaced the way in which we expect approximately moods and madness.

Dr. Jamison is likely one of the most suitable professionals on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has additionally skilled it firsthand. For even while she used to be pursuing her occupation in educational medication, Jamison came across herself succumbing to a similar exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that bothered lots of her sufferers, as her sickness introduced her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempted suicide.

Here Jamison examines bipolar disorder from the twin views of the healer and the healed, revealing either its terrors and the harsh attract that now and then triggered her to withstand taking drugs. An Unquiet brain is a memoir of large candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply robust ebook that has either reworked and stored lives.

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The exercise of reading, as that of writing, should theoretically have been an exercise in externalization and symbolization, of creating a representation for what he had experienced that can contain the experience but is different from it. But Marquardt’s relation to the words on the page has not yet attained much distance. He is, as he said earlier, incapable of speaking these words, of seeing them on the page and then uttering what he has read. When spoken aloud by someone else, however, the words inside him become tolerable to hear.

Both men are trying to be brutally honest with me to arrive at the truth of their lived emotional experiences. I am trying to turn their truths into knowledge. I think that I am experimenting with a better way to communicate with them and about them than merely extracting information or data. Communicating with them in a way that facilitates their search for the truth about themselves. Communicating about them in a way that encourages more complex thinking about worlds that are not mine. Communication of this sort demands not only sensitivity to the inner worlds of those with whom we speak, but also the capacity to think through those worlds together, taking into account, however partially, our various past and present selves and senses of reality.

He usually reads the same passages, for about forty-five minutes: a section on Marquardt’s abuse by his father, one on seduction and sexual abuse by his mother, another on his pimping, and a final one on his use of therapy. Marquardt says he would prefer “harder” passages, to confront listeners with the extent of the harm he had done, but Lemke says Marquardt only wants to shock the audience and that would not be productive. Marquardt prepares himself for the readings, mentally and emotionally, like he did for karate competitions.

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