I have been interested in mental disorders for a while now – mainly because they affect a lot of population. I have read a few memoirs with similar topics as this one but this one is the most memorable. This is an autobiography of Kay Redfield Jamison – she is a clinical psychologist whose work mainly centers on manic depressive disorder (generally known as bipolar disorder). The characteristics of manic depressive disorder are mostly mood swings – a person’s mind tends to switch moods from over-the-moon happy to terribly sad.
Kay Redfield Jamison gives us an insight of her childhood and how the darkness consumed her and her way of living with mental illness. Within this pages you will experience what it is like being bipolar and get to know the story of this brilliant doctor. I have to say that this is really an essential book for everyone interested in psychology or manic depressive disorder. Kay Redfield Jamison is really brave for sharing her story with the world and I feel grateful to have read it. This autobiography deals with a lot of subjects which are important and executed really well. As I’ve said at the beginning of this review more than a half of the population suffer or experience depression and there are those who are affected by it every day for all of their life. I truly believe that this book helped people realise that they are not alone – mental illness doesn’t define a person. This book gives hope to people who suffer from manic depressive disorder to continue fighting and know that they are worth it.
A powerful and poignant read that changes your perception of mental disorders specifically manic depressive disorder.