An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

By Kay Redfield Jamison

WITH a brand new PREFACE by way of THE AUTHOR

In her bestselling vintage, An Unquiet brain, Kay Redfield Jamison replaced the best way we predict approximately moods and madness.

Dr. Jamison is likely one of the best professionals on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has additionally skilled it firsthand. For even while she was once pursuing her occupation in educational medication, Jamison chanced on herself succumbing to an analogous exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that bothered a lot of her sufferers, as her ailment introduced her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempted suicide.

Here Jamison examines bipolar affliction from the twin views of the healer and the healed, revealing either its terrors and the tough attract that every now and then triggered her to withstand taking drugs. An Unquiet brain is a memoir of huge candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply robust publication that has either reworked and stored lives.

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Stopping what you are doing and becoming aware of your peripheral vision of space and the space between you and the objects around you is a way to begin incorporating Open Focus into everyday life. 2 Sweet Surrender DISCOVERING THE BENEFITS OF SYNCHRONOUS ALPHA BRAIN WAVES A Zen student once asked his teacher Ikkyu, a fifteenth-century Zen master, to sum up the highest wisdom. ” The student wasn’t satisfied and asked him to elaborate. Ikkyu wrote,“Attention. Attention. ” I STARTED to formulate my ideas about attention when I was an assistant professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the late 1960s.

I started reporting on the environment. And I wrote about severely abused children. As a journalist I’ve always striven to get above ground level to look at the big picture, and so to discern the root causes of our problems. In the last ten years or so I have come to realize that many—if not most—of the grievous problems we face spring, in large part, from the same source. We are a species and a culture that, through our attention habits, carry past wounds that cause anger, fear, longing, and sorrow.

Fifteen minutes into the very first session I could feel changes taking place. Clenched muscles that I didn’t know were clenched were letting go, and a calm settled over me. When I stood up I was slightly disoriented and knew a great deal of stress had been released. I wanted more. Fehmi gave me several recorded Open-Focus exercises and told me to listen to them twice a day. ” Like many people, I had become habituated to the stress I carried. I didn’t know how bad it was until I began to release it.

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