An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
(A.A. Knopf, 1995, 223 pages)
This memoir offers a glimpse into what it’s like to live as a manic-depressive (also known as bipolar disorder). As a psychiatrist Jamison was able to approach her illness with considerably more background knowledge than the average individual who battles this disease. Jamison recounts times in her life when she experienced highs you wouldn’t believe and then lows it was hard to picture ever rising above. Thanks to psychotherapy and taking lithium Jamison was able to finally get a handle on her illness while not feeling like she was losing herself in the process. An Unquiet Mind is an insightful read into the experience of life with this intense and devastating illness.