An Unquiet Mind - Kay Redfield Jamison

An Unquiet Mind

By Kay Redfield Jamison

  • Release Date: 1997-01-14
  • Genre: Psychology
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 235 Ratings)



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.


  • An Unquiet Mind

    By Understanding my daughter
    A must read for those trying to understand bipolar disorder in the family.
  • An Unquiet Mind

    By kasi159
    Thank you.
  • Helpful for Understanding my own madness

    By Triathalady
    Well written and gives a real understanding of what this illness is like. I felt less alone knowing that someone who is so successful has been through so much. Gave me hope in my treatment. Changed my life.
  • Difficult Read

    By firemarshal2
    While a great scientific and medical insight to Dr. Jamison's life, it was rather clinical. I did manage to glean information from it to help me with my own Bipolar illness.
  • An amazing read

    By Lovelyshewolf
    I would recommend this book to anyone with bipolar or anyone who loves someone with bipolar. It brings such an understanding to those who don't know about this illness and brings comfort to those who live through it every day
  • Bipolar bible

    By Liz121
    This book is incredible. Anyone who is living w bipolar disorder or knows someone close to them has bipolar needs to read this book. It sheds light on what it feels like and means to be bipolar. It changed my life and my treatment.