Book Review: An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness


The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.


This is the second book I’ve reviewed by Kay Redfield Jamison, the first one I did, Touched By Fire, about the link between manic depressive illness and creativity, you can find here.

An Unquiet Mind is perhaps the most popular of Jamison’s book, when speaking about Touched By Fire I had multiple people ask me if I had read this book, and I hadn’t. I had somehow started with the scholarly book and missed the memoir. They both have their place, but for obvious reasons An Unquiet Mind was a much easier read. It didn’t have all the academic jargon and it had a better flow for lack of statistics.

And even though our experiences were vastly different, it was lovely and relatable. It touching the essence of bipolar disorder while also proving that bipolar individuals can function and excel in difficult academic and scientific fields.

I’m tired of bipolar stories that are all chaos, it’s true that chaos comes with the disorder and is part of the story, but it doesn’t have to be all of it, Jamison story has it’s chaos but it also has it’s stability, it’s silver lining.

I think that is something we all need more of.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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