Author of An Unquiet Mind and Professor of Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Kay Redfield Jamison is an international authority and researcher on mood disorders. Chosen by TIME as a “Hero of Medicine," she has unique insight into the world of mental illness.
Dr. Jamison went public with her own struggle with manic depression in a 1995 Washington Post article and subsequent New York Times bestseller, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, which according to Oliver Sacks, “stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance, and beauty.” Since its release, she has become a trusted advocate for the millions who suffer from mental illness.
The author of the national bestseller Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, Jamison co-authored the standard medical textbook on manic depression, Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression and is the author of Exuberance: The Passion for Life.
In 2017, Jamison published Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character, a “psychological account” of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Lowell and his remarkable ability to create amid manic episodes.
Jamison’s book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament was awarded the Lewis Thomas Prize, which recognizes scientific works that reach a wider audience outside of the laboratory. Inspired by her work, director Paul Dalio dramatized his own battle with manic depression and bipolar disorder in Touched With Fire, a 2016 film starring Katie Holmes.
Dr. Jamison has published over 100 articles in academic journals. She has shared her expertise on various television programs, including Charlie Rose, and was one of five people featured in the PBS series, Great Minds of Medicine.
Audiences describe her lectures as profoundly enlightening experiences. She addresses the clinical and personal realities of depression and bipolar disorder in a manner that encourages dialogue, empathy and hope.
A recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, Dr. Jamison is currently the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, a Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She is an honorary professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in the U.K.
- Dr. Jamison Speaks on Exuberance
- Interview with Kay Redfield Jamison
- Music and the Brain: Depression and Creativity Symposium (2009)
- Kay Jamison and Touched By Fire director discuss Bipolar Disorder on Charlie Rose (2016)
- Personal Reflections on Manic-Depressive Illness (2008)
A possible link between ‘madness’ and genius is one of the oldest and most persistent of cultural notions; it is also one of the most controversial. The lecture will present evidence for significantly increased rates of depression and bipolar illness in writers and artists, discuss possible reasons for these elevated rates, and open up discussion about potential clinical and ethical concern.
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, is the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is also Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the co-author of the standard medical text on bipolar illness and author of Touched With Fire, An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, Exuberance, and Nothing Was the Same.Read More >
What makes a great leader? Is it a strategic mind or a powerful voice? A diplomatic brain or an eye for detail? According to Kay Redfield Jamison, it’s something more innate.
Exuberance is the key. The fuel for humanity’s most creative and scientific achievements, exuberance puts people in the mood to act, creating CEOs and community leaders that people want to follow. Using her extensive research, Jamison outlines the profile of a leader, breaking down the brain to its essential parts, and showing how passion may be all you need for effective leadership.
No one is immune to depression or grief, but understanding the difference between the two can make all the difference. The thin-line between these two mental states is easy to confuse, especially after the loss of a loved one. After all, how does one process such a crushing blow?
After the death of her husband, Kay Redfield Jamison went looking for answers. Through her honesty, candor, wit, and simplicity, Jamison describes his death, her struggle with grief, and how to distinguish that grief from depression.
Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character
An Unquiet Mind
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
Exuberance: The Passion for Life
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and The Artistic Temperament
Nothing Was the Same
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