By Kay Redfield Jamison
WITH a brand new PREFACE by means of THE AUTHOR
In her bestselling vintage, An Unquiet brain, Kay Redfield Jamison replaced the way in which we expect approximately moods and madness.
Dr. Jamison is without doubt one of the leading experts on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has additionally skilled it firsthand. For even while she used to be pursuing her profession in educational medication, Jamison came upon herself succumbing to an analogous exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that 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 ailment from the twin views of the healer and the healed, revealing either its terrors and the tough attract that now and then caused her to withstand taking drugs. An Unquiet brain is a memoir of huge candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply strong e-book that has either reworked and kept lives.
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Extra resources for An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Lithium flattens emotions by blunting or constricting the range of feeling, resulting in varying degrees of apathy and indifference,” state Peter R. Breggin, MD, and David Cohen, PhD, authors of Your Drug May Be Your Problem. “It also slows down the thinking pro cesses. ”56 ἀ ere is no doubt that since its advent, lithium has saved, and continues to save, many lives. At the same time, there are a number of reasons to consider alternatives. 58 For some patients, discontinuing lithium treatment does not lead to a restoration of full mental function; in other words, effects can be permanent.
See chapter 6 for a full discussion of this. ἀ e intestinal dysfunction inherent in food allergies contributes to mood states, as discussed in the following section. 6. Intestinal Dysbiosis Intestinal dysbiosis is an imbalance of the flora that normally inhabit the intestines. Among these flora are the beneficial bacteria (known as probiotics) Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum, potentially harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Clostridium, and the fungus Candida albicans. When the balance among these flora is disturbed, the microorganisms held in check by the beneficial bacteria proliferate and release toxins that compromise intestinal function.
Other sources of copper exposure are cigarettes, cookware, and water pipes. 96 Other sources of exposure include certain glazed ceramics, old paint, water pipes, fertilizers, and soft vinyl products. In 1996, cheap vinyl miniblinds were recalled due to a high lead content. Other products with even higher lead contents are still on the market. 98 Among the common sources of aluminum exposure are cookware, aluminum salts in baking powder, aluminum-containing antacids, and many antiperspirants and deodorants.
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison