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An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

By Kay Redfield Jamison


Famed Professor of Psychiatry Jamison charts her own experience of Bipolar Affective Disorder in this inspiring and fascinating autobiography.

Key Themes:

  • Autobiography
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Creativity and Madness
  • Revealing Reads

Significant Quotes / Pages

123 – “Manic-depression is a disease that both kills and gives life.  Fire, by its nature, both creates and destroys […] Mania is a strange and driving force, a destroyer, a fire in the blood.  Fortunately, having fire in one’s blood is not without its benefits in the world of academic medicine, especially in the pursuit of tenure”

Reference: Kay Redfield, Jamison. 1997. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness. London: Picador, 1997


- Charley Baker
Date Review Submitted: Monday 23rd March 2009