Kay Redfield Jamison Quotes.

1. "Others, the subject of this book, are likewise privy to their unconscious streams of thought, but they must contend with unusually tumultuous and unpredictable emotions as well. The integration of these deeper, truly irrational sources with more logical processes can be a tortuous task, but, if successful, the resulting work often bears a unique stamp, a touch of fire, for what it has been through."
- Kay Redfield Jamison, Touched with Fire

2. "Moods are by nature compelling, contagious, and profoundly interpersonal, and disorders of mood alter the perceptions and behaviors not only of those who have them but also of those who are related or closely associated. Manic-depressive illness—marked as it is by extraordinary and confusing fluctuations in mood, personality, thinking, and behavior—inevitably has powerful and often painful effects on relationships."
- Kay Redfield Jamison, Touched with Fire

3. "When energy is profoundly dissipated, the ability to think is clearly eroded, and the capacity to actively engage in the efforts and pleasures of life is fundamentally altered, then depression becomes an illness rather than a temporary or existential state."
- Kay Redfield Jamison, Touched with Fire

4. "During the Renaissance there was a renewed interest in the relationship between genius, melancholia, and madness. A stronger distinction was made between sane melancholies of high achievement and individuals whose insanity prevented them from using their ability. The eighteenth century witnessed a sharp change in attitude; balance and rational thought, rather than inspiration and emotional extremes, were seen as the primary components of genius."
- Kay Redfield Jamison, Touched with Fire

5. "Now I had no choice but to live in the broken world that my mind had forced upon me."
- Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind

6. "Patient reluctant to be with people when depressed because she feels her depression is such an intolerable burden on others;"
- Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind

7. "I had a horrible sense of loss for who I had been and where I had been. It was difficult to give up the high flights of mind and mood, even though the depressions that inevitably followed nearly cost me my life."
- Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind

8. "It is the history of our kindnesses that alone makes this world tolerable, wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. If"
- Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind

9. "We each move within the restraints of our temperament and live up only partially to its possibilities."
- Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind

10. "seemed to myself to be dull, boring, inadequate, thick brained, unlit, unresponsive, chill skinned, bloodless, and sparrow drab."
- Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind

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