An Unquiet Mind
An Unquiet Mind
Everywhere you turn the prevalence of mood disorders is staggering. It is not uncommon to come into contact with one or several people in your lifetime, which suffer from or have suffered from, some type of mood disorder. Personally, I have come to know several people who have manic-depressive illness. It is for this reason that I have taken a particular interest in Kay Jamison?s An Unquiet Mind.
Although I have had contact with several manic-depressive individuals, during both manic and depressed states, many aspects of the disorder still remained unclear. The knowledge I have gained through Jamison?s first hand experiences is invaluable and has helped me attain a clearer understanding of this illness. She allowed her readers to understand how her mind worked and to get a true feel of the disorder itself.
Most of the manic-depressive individuals that I know are married with children and living normal lives. However, like Jamison, it took them many expansive highs followed by detrimental lows before medical help was sought. As in Jamison?s case (her father and other relatives on his side of the family), there appears that a predisposition
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