An Unquiet Mind Book Review Summary

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Kay Redfield, a US Air Force brat, became an assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA in 1974 at the age of 28. She had had manic-depressive episodes and been on and off medication since her mid teens, but once she became an assistant professor and full-time clinician, it took only three months to descend into a full psychotic collapse. She went on spending sprees, her first marriage broke up, and she made her first visit to a psychiatrist of her own. The depression lasted 18 months and like many people with bipolar disorder she battled her need for lithium.

Having experienced such mental illness from both sides -- as a patient and as a doctor -- Jamison is in a unique position to describe the situation. Her searing tale relates the assistance of understanding professionals, friends, family and lovers, and the feelings of a person losing her grip on reality. Her 1995 memoir is a sobering and sensitive tale.
This report prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   mental illness Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally Ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   concerned Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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