An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Kay Redfied Jamison, a psychiatry professor, author and recipient of numerous national and international scientific awards describes her own struggle since adolescence with manic-depressive illness and recounts how it has shaped her life.
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
Night Falls Fast is a scholarly piece of work whose appeal nevertheless extends far beyond a professional readership. The book helps us to understand the suicidal mind, to recognize and come to the aid of those at risk, and to comprehend the profound effects on those left behind. It is critical reading for parents, educators, and anyone wanting to understand this tragic epidemic.
Exuberance: The Passion for Life
Kay Redfield Jamison explores the psychological state of exuberance: its origins, its contagious nature, its impact on society and on the life and work of the individual experiencing it. Jamison interviews writers of children's stories, scientists and artists in an attempt to define the nature of exuberance and how it relates to intellectual searching, risk-taking, creativity and survival itself.
Nothing Was the Same
From the internationally acclaimed author of An Unquiet Mind, a haunting meditation on mortality, grief, and loss.
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and The Artistic Temperament
In Touched With Fire, Jamison marshals a tremendous amount of evidence for the proposition that most artistic geniuses were (and are) manic depressives. This is a book of interest to scientists, psychologists, and artists struggling with the age-old question of whether psychological suffering is an essential component of artistic creativity. Anyone reading this book closely will be forced to conclude that it is.