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An Unquiet Mind

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in social sciences, sociology

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An Unquiet Mind : Memoir of Moods and Madness

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According to Kessler (2005 , about 5 .7 million American adults or about 2 .6 percent of the population age 18 and older in any given year have bipolar dis . Bipolar dis usually develops in late puberty or early adulthood stage . However , some people have their initial symptoms during early childhood , and some develop the dis later in life . It is often predicted as mood swings and not as an [banner_entry_middle]

illness . The afflicted individual may undergo symptoms for years before it is properly diagnosed and treated . Like diabetes or heart disease , bipolar dis is a long-term illness that must be carefully handled throughout a person ‘s life

Bipolar dis , otherwise known as Manic-depression , is a relatively common mood dis that is characterized by episodes of depression alternating with euphoric , manic ‘ states . The symptoms of bipolar dis are several and often affect an individual ‘s daily functioning and interpersonal relationships

Symptoms present in Dr . Jamison ‘s account include depression and feelings of hopelessness during the depressive phase of the condition Other depressive symptoms include thoughts of suicide , and loss of interest in activities that once were a source of pleasure

Symptoms of manic states are varied , usually include restlessness increased energy , euphoric mood , racing thoughts , poor judgment intrusive or provocative behavior , difficulty concentrating , and a decreased need for sleep . People experiencing manic episodes , as with the case of Dr . Jamison , often speak very rapidly , seem overly irritable , and may have unrealistic beliefs about their own power and capability

In An Unquiet Mind , Jamison (1995 ) wrote

Manic-depression distorts moods and thoughts , incites dreadful behaviors , destroys the basis of rational thought , and too often erodes the desire and will to live . It is an illness that is biological in its origins , yet one that feels psychological in the experience of it an illness that is unique in conferring advantage and pleasure , yet one that brings in its wake almost unendurable suffering and , not infrequently , suicide (p . 6

The first manifestations of Dr . Jamison ‘s illness are described as enjoyable , at times , seductive . She feels like having limitless energy and more of a quick thinker , more focused , having boundless ideas , and everything feels like coming together . The euphoria she feels is comparable to cocaine high and apparently , she implies , just as addictive

The author was “intensely emotional as a child (p . 4 ) at seventeen years old , during her college life in California she first experienced “a light lovely tincture of true mania (p . 37 ) during which she felt spectacular , but following which she was unable to concentrate or understand , felt worn out , preoccupied with death , and frightened (pp 36-40 ) She did not know then that her moodiness and fits of mania is a mental illness but just a part of her personality , more like temperament as she puts it

Interested in medicine as an adolescent , she pursues her goal in spite of mood swings… [banner_entry_footer]

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