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An Unquiet Mind ---> Bookring
by Kay R. Jamison | Biographies & Memoirs
Registered by MooPing of Deggendorf, Bayern Germany on 6/15/2004
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by MooPing from Deggendorf, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, June 15, 2004

7 out of 10

"An invaluable memoir of manic depression, at once medically knowledgeable, deeply human and beautifully written... at times poetic, at times straightforward, always unashamedly honest" (The New York Times Book Review)

"As a founder of UCLA's Affective Disorder Clinic and a co-author of a standard medical text, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison may be the foremost authority on manic-depressive illness. She is also one of its survivors. And it is this dual perspective -- as healer and healed -- that makes Jamison's memoir so lucid, learned, and profoundly affecting." (Inside Flap Copy)

Even as she was pursuing her psychiatric training, Jamison found herself succumbing to the exhilarating highs and paralyzing lows that afflicted many of her patients. Though the disorder brought her seemingly boundless energy and mercurial creativity, it also propelled her into spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempt at suicide.

Powerfully candid, exceptionally wise, An Unquiet Mind is one of those rare books that has the power to transform lives -- and even save them.

"Himmelhoch jauchzend - zu Tode betrübt: hinter dieser Redensart verbirgt sich eine Krankheit, die Menschen in den Wahnsinn, ja in den Tod treiben kann. Kay Redfield Jamison hat die Hölle der Manisch- Depressiven lange Jahre selbst durchlitten. Die Geschichte ihres Kampfes und die erfolgreiche Überwindung der Depression ist gleichermaßen packend und aufwühlend wie ermutigend. Der bewegende Lebensbericht einer Frau, die auf der Suche nach Heilung zur international renommierten Spezialistin für diese Krankheit, die Hunderttausende in ihrem Bann hält, wurde. " (amazon) 

Journal Entry 2 by MooPing from Deggendorf, Bayern Germany on Saturday, July 03, 2004

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1) Jubby from Australia (IP)
2) RikkiDD from Germany (IP)
3) rotewoelfin from Germany (?)
4) jellycat from Germany (IP)
5) maupi from Netherlands (IP)
6) Ilios from USA (USA+Canada)
7) annyria from Canada
8) lilkandystar from Canada (IP)
9) sgscarcliff from USA (IP)
10) portable-solace from USA (IP)
11) IrasCignavojo from Germany


Journal Entry 3 by MooPing from Deggendorf, Bayern Germany on Thursday, July 15, 2004

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This weekend I'm going to start the ring and send the book to Australia

17.07.2004 It's on its way to Jubby

I hope all of you will enjoy it. Please take sometimes a look at the list - the order might change ;o) 

Journal Entry 4 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, July 26, 2004

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Received in the post today from MooPing.

Thank you.

Will read and pass on to next in ring. 

Journal Entry 5 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, August 07, 2004

6 out of 10

This is going to be short - book reviews are always painful.

I felt that although beautifully written, the author gave a very clinical and detached recount here. It really did feel like the biography of the madness and illness it's self, rather than the woman.

I have to admit that I didn't finish reading it either. Although I did feel that this is a well crafted piece of writing (and if I had the book here would put quote in here to prove just that), I found that I was suffering from that same phenomenon experienced when reading a medical enecyclopedia - you start seeing the symptoms in yourself and those around you!

Yes, I did sit in the staff room last week, seeing my workmates in a different light...

Overall an interesting and thought-provoking book. I particularly liked the passage (around page 89?) detailing that neither drugs or therapy alone can cure and treat a sufferer of depression, but taken together, a normal life can be resumed.

Thank you Moo Ping. I have already posted the book on to RikkiDD. 

Journal Entry 6 by wingRikkiDDwing from Dresden, Sachsen Germany on Friday, August 20, 2004

9 out of 10

I found the book today in the letter box. It arrived inEurope savely.
Thanks to MooPing and Jubby!

Wow! I've never read a book about such a topic before, but this one was really good.
Although it isn't such an easy read for a non-native English it was not hard to understand and it is a quiet fast read.
The honesty of the writer about her own illness and I can imagine that she can encourage other with the same disease. It is amazing and really worthreading. 

Journal Entry 7 by wingRikkiDDwing at on Thursday, August 26, 2004

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Released on Thursday, August 26, 2004 at postal release to fellow bookcrosser in n/a, Sachsen Germany.

The bookring is on its way to roteweolfin 

Journal Entry 8 by wingrotewoelfinwing from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Thursday, September 02, 2004

7 out of 10

Arrived today with the post :)

It was an really interesting book - I could read it very easy. The author is very honest about herself and her illness - this makes the book a very special one. 

Journal Entry 9 by wingrotewoelfinwing from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Monday, October 04, 2004

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I'll sent it to jellycat tomorrow. 

Journal Entry 10 by jellycat from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Friday, October 08, 2004

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I received the book today. 

Journal Entry 11 by jellycat from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Wednesday, October 13, 2004

8 out of 10

Although I thought the book dragged along in some parts, it was an interesting read. It certainly gave a good (and personal) insight into manic depression.

I will mail the book to maupi tomorrow. 

Journal Entry 12 by HHX-328595 on Sunday, November 07, 2004

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Got it! Thank you all. Will read it asap.

I've just received it, started reading last night and am almost through. Disturbing as it is, it is also a quick read. I'll add my complete review sometime this week.

Here's a picture of another unquiet mind. Russia's conscience. Who recognizes him? 

Journal Entry 13 by HHX-328595 on Wednesday, November 10, 2004

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As I said in my previous entry: a quick, albeit disturbing read. A bit too close to home for me, so I'll keep it short.
Kay Jamison tells a convincing story of her illness and it is really brave of her to take the leap. I admit having skipped some parts about her professional life. All in all, I did get it that she is rather successful professionally, despite her mental troubles.
Thanks for ringing, MooPing. I'm still waiting for Ilios' address to send the book on.

14 Nov 2004
Mailed the book to the US yesterday. 

Journal Entry 14 by Ilios from Tampa, Florida USA on Monday, December 06, 2004

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I am finally able to journal this! Thanks to Maupi for enlightening me regarding where to find the BCID! :o) I have a few rings/rays in front of this one, but I'll get to it as soon as I can. Thanks for sharing, MooPing!

Update 4/23/05
I apologize for the delay in getting to this book. Several factors hindered my progress through my TBR pile and I am only now catching up. I am halfway through this book and I PMed the next BXer for an address. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Journal Entry 15 by Ilios from Tampa, Florida USA on Wednesday, April 27, 2005

8 out of 10

This was a powerful book. I first signed up for this ring because I saw firsthand someone close to me go through bipolar (or manic-depressive) disorder. This book made me think of suicide attemps in a new light, and I think I have a better understanding of this condition now.

The author is worthy of praise for being so candid and open with her struggle, especially because of her profession. Ultimately, I think all of of chose our careers because of our life experiences, so I believed her patients are lucky to have a doctor that can actually say "been there, done that".

Some passages of the book seem a little repetitive to me, but overall it was an enthralling read. I look forward to reading other books by Dr. Jamison.

I am still waiting for the next BXer's address. I will wait another couple of days and then contact the next person in line. Thanks for sharing this!

Update 4/30/05
I am sending annyria a second PM today.

Update 5/03/05
It's been 10 days and two PMs. I will skip annyria and PM the next BXer.

Update 5/6/05
I just got my "Monitor in Psychology" in the mail and noticed that Dr. Jamison will be a speaker at the Annual APA Convention in August (I think it's in DC). I am sure it would be an awesome experience to hear her speak about her experience. If you are in the neighborhood, you should go! I am already envious of those who will get to see her! :o)

Journal Entry 16 by Ilios at post office in snail mailed to a fellow bookcrosser as part of a bookring, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, May 03, 2005

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Released 13 yrs ago (5/3/2005 UTC) at post office in snail mailed to a fellow bookcrosser as part of a bookring, Bookring -- Controlled Releases



This book is on its way to Canada today. lilkandystar is anxiously waiting for it. Enjoy! 

Journal Entry 17 by lilkandystar from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, May 16, 2005

8 out of 10

just rec'vd today

UPDATE: 05 31 2005:
I found the writing very easy to read and comprehend, but boy did some parts just drag.

I was a very excited to see scientific meets crazy....LOL i chuckled at a few points she made.

The only disapointment i had was she talked more about the illness itself than herself. *shrug*

Each memoir is different as im slowley learing and will pro'lly apreciate it more when i read memoirs that are just poop.

THank you for sharing this book

pm'ing next reader to move the book along 

Journal Entry 18 by MooPing from Deggendorf, Bayern Germany on Sunday, December 18, 2005

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Lost :o(

weiter gehts mit
An Unqiuet Mind Nr2 

Journal Entry 19 by AtomicFireNat at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, April 28, 2012

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Found :D Not sure whom the next reader is, but am happy to send it to them.

PM Portable Solace waiting for reply  

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