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Kay Redfield Jamison

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Clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison was born on June 22, 1946. She received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is considered one of the foremost experts on bipolar disorder, which she has had since her early adulthood. She is Professor of Psychiatry visa mer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the author of numerous books including An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness; Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide; and Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Redfield Jamison, Kay
University of California, Los Angeles
clinical psychologist
University of California, Los Angeles
Johns Hopkins University
National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research
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MacArthur Fellowship (2001)
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In addition to her academic works, Prof. Jamison chronicled her own struggle with bipolar disorder (severe mania and depression) in her 1995 memoir An Unquiet Mind.

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the co-author of the definitive medical text Manic-Depressive Illness.   Dr. Jamison is a member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research.  She is also the executive producer and writer for a series of award-winning public television specials about manic-depressive illness and the arts.   [from Touched with Fire (1993)]



"It is, after all, not just an illness, but something that affects every aspect of my life; my moods, my temperament, my work, and my reactions to almost everything that comes my way. not talking about manic-depressive illness, if only to discuss it once, generally consigns a friendship to a certain inevitable level of superficiality."

My therapists are inconsistent as to whether or not they diagnose me manic-depressive/bi-polar or simply clinically depressed, but I find most of Jamison’s story to be profoundly familiar.… (mer)
Kim.Sasso | 58 andra recensioner | Aug 27, 2023 |
Kay Redfield Jamison is a well-known psychotherapist at Johns Hopkins who herself famously suffers from bipolar disorder. In 1996, she wrote eloquently about her journey in An Unquiet Mind. In this book, she posits the idea that to be most effective, healers – the doctors, counselors, and leaders – need to be healed themselves. To support her argument, she provides life narratives of many such eminent people, with a focus on the early-to-mid twentieth century.

Jamison uses historical stories to illustrate that many of the best healers are sufferers, too. She explores the phenomenon known as “shell shock” in World War I. At the time, soldiers experiencing this were sent away from the front to heal. Strangely, those who are healed were immediately sent back to the front to fight and often die. At the time, physicians and nurses saw this inherent contradiction in their work. Their task from the military enabled more dreary death.

Many of these discursions serve as meditations, almost like short homilies in a memorial service. They are not overtly directional but instead meander, much like a psychotherapeutic encounter. The psychiatrist WHR Rivers plays a leading role in this discourse, and other well-known topics include Paul Robeson, Notre Dame Cathedral, Siegfried Sassoon, ancient Greek medicine, and William Osler. In the epilogue, Jamison says that she started out to write a book about healing, but she ended up writing a book about healers.

This work will disappoint readers who like a structured, orderly writing style that engages contemporary debates. It’s well-researched and interesting, but it’s neither controversial nor trending. It’s more about circumspectly peering into others’ private lives to find how they find healing. Her thesis that those healed make the best healers is echoed throughout the centuries, but is strangely forgotten in modern medical training, with all its focus on objectivity and evidence. In practice, healing remains as much of an art as a science, particularly in fields like psychiatry and psychotherapy. Jamison, a provider and receiver of life-healing aid, reminds us of this thematic strand in history. I think her contribution here contains an idea that deserves to be heard and reflected upon.
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scottjpearson | Aug 25, 2023 |
not what it purports to be, - i await for such a book to be written
puabi | 58 andra recensioner | Aug 13, 2023 |
Intense and personal--the story of manic depression and how one person lived through it. Very sad, to see how people live with this illness. I kind of don't understand why she was not interested in taking her lithium like she was supposed to, especially with all that background she had dealing with mental illness. Amazing what our brain chemicals can do to us.
kwskultety | 58 andra recensioner | Jul 4, 2023 |



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