March 7, 2017

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

By Kay Redfield Jamison

WITH a brand new PREFACE through THE AUTHOR

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

Dr. Jamison is without doubt one of the prime experts on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has additionally skilled it firsthand. For even while she used to be pursuing her profession in educational medication, Jamison chanced on herself succumbing to an analogous exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that bothered lots of her sufferers, as her disease introduced her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempted suicide.

Here Jamison examines bipolar ailment from the twin views of the healer and the healed, revealing either its terrors and the harsh attract that every now and then brought on her to withstand taking drugs. An Unquiet brain is a memoir of huge candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply robust ebook that has either remodeled and kept lives.

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The division of psychotic disorders into two broad groups, the affective (represented by melancholy and mania) and the cognitive (as dementia praecox or, later, schizophrenia), was hampered in Griesinger’s day and for a few decades beyond by the way in which “mania” continued to spill over conceptually into the cognitive area (as Wahnsinn or madness). It took some time for psychiatry to accept the more restricted use of the terms melancholy and mania to refer only to affective psychoses—even though the groundwork had been laid in the 1850s, after Jean-Pierre Falret (with his folie circulaire) and Jules Baillarger (with his folie à double forme) had emphasized the commonality and interchangeability between the “up” and “down” forms of affective illness.

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Copyright 2004, American Medical Association. Used with permission. incide with the beginning of the calendar year. One possible explanation is that the mother is passing through the second trimester of her pregnancy in the height of the flu season and that infections during that period raise risk for schizophrenia in the offspring. The finding regarding season of birth suggests that something about pregnancy and birth might be awry in individuals who later develop schizophrenia. Case– control studies have been available for decades on this issue, but the generally positive findings were clouded by the possibility that the mother’s recall was biased.

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