|Title:||An Unquiet Mind||Written by:||Kay Redfield Jamison||Format:||Audiobook||Read by:||Kay Redfield Jamison||Genre:||Nonfiction; Autobiography|
Remember what I said a while back about authors reading their own work??? Well, I still feel the same way. Authors read; they don't narrate; there's a world of difference. While an interesting story, at times it comes across as plodding due to the narration. Oh, remember how with Devil in the Details, it seemed that she used humor to not make the illness sound so onerous? Well Jamison had no such compunction. There were points in the story where she made the fantastical manias seem too difficult to bear. If she employed any humor in her writing, it was lost due to her reading performance.
It was interesting to see how many similarities do exist between Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder and the subtle differences. I think I understand the distinction a little bit better - at least, for what is my understanding and experience of Borderline. At one point, Jamison mentions she had to reconcile her concept of herself after a certain aspect of the illness emerged. I, as someone with Borderline, had little to reconcile - what I was then was my entire understanding of myself; what I am now is my entire understanding of myself; that I am different between now and then means very little, if, in fact, it is even noticed.
At certain points in the story, she almost harps on how she wouldn't be where she is now without the support of her friends and family. I don't know about other folks with Borderline, but I've gotten to where I am despite the lack of support - not that I've necessarily gotten far, but I'm still here. Maybe that's another distinction between Bipolar and Borderline - more folks accept Bipolar as a "real" illness, whereas folks with Borderline are believed to just "need to get over themselves," "grow up," or "pull themselves together."
But I digress.
Interesting story. Illuminating information about the illness. Might have enjoyed it more by reading the actual printed book.
11 / 75 books. 15% done!