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
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
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
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