Madness: A Bipolar Life
Marya Hornbacher

I realize I am screaming and stop immediately, feeling embarrassed by my behavior. I have to be careful. They will think I am crazy. 

 

—Marya Hornbacher, Madness: A Bipolar Life, pg. 4

With so little knowledge about bipolar disorder. or really about mental illness at all, no one knows what to look for, no one knows what they’re looking at when they’re looking at me. 

 

—Marya Hornbacher, Madness: A Bipolar Life, pg. 7

Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society
Bessel A. van der Kolk

Furthermore, the prospective investigation of various populations identifies PTSD as only one of the outcomes following traumatic events. Major depressive disorder and substance abuse are particular morbidities commonly arising as an outcome of exposure to traumatic events. 

 

—Bessel A. van der Kolk, Traumatic Stress, The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society

 

The past has show how fragile existing knowledge can be, and how psychiatry is prone to become trapped in prevailing paradigms without being able to see their shortcomings. The unknown is the worst enemy of knowledge. This book is a body of work to be criticized and reacted against; only a critical reading will help us further define what we do not know, and determine the scope of future explorations. 

 

—Bessel A. van der Kolk, Traumatic Stress, The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society
 



 

Equally, such experiences can become powerful sources of motivation for some individuals, indicating that trauma can have positive effects on those who survive the ordeal; it need not necessarily result in an enduring sense of demoralization or having been damaged. The role of the memory of traumatic experiences as a source of motivation and a determinant of human behavior is an issue that is one of the major preoccupations of literature and art. 

 

—Bessel A. van der Kolk, Traumatic Stress, 

The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society, 

page 164 Impact on Beliefs and Attitudes 

 

This book is dedicated to Nelson Mandela and all those who, after having been hurt work on transforming the trauma of others, rather than seeking oblivion or revenge.

 

—Bessel A. van der Kolk, Traumatic Stress, The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society

An Unquiet Mind
Kay Redfield Jamison

I have no idea what long-term effects of discussing such issues so openly will be on my personal and professional life, but whatever the consequences, they are bound to be better than continuing to stay silent. 

 

—Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind, pg. 7

I have no idea how I managed to pass as normal in school, except that other people are generally caught up in their own lives and seldom notice despair in others if those despairing make an effort to disguise the pain. I made not just an effort, but an enormous effort not to be noticed.

 

—Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind, pg. 39

 

 

 

Patient feels very embarrassed about feelings she has and takes attitude that regardless of the course of her depression she ‘won’t put up with it.’

 

—Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind, excerpts from Redfield’s therapy sessions, pg. 112

Poetry, thank God, remained within my grasp, and, having always loved it, I now fell upon it with a passion that is hard to describe. 

 

—Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind, pg. 95

I was confused and frightened and terribly shattered in all of my notions of myself; my self-confidence, which had permeated every aspect of my life for as long as I could remember, had taken a very long and disquieting holiday. 

 

—Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind, pg. 85

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