An Unquiet Mind Character Descriptions

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Kay Redfield Jamison

She is unusual in that she, herself, suffers from manic-depressive illness, and has successfully used that intimate knowledge of the disease to help others.

Her brother

He was the author's childhood pal and strong emotional and intellectual support in adulthood.

Her sister

Theauhtor confronts her over her use of medication to control her disease. From early in their childhood, Jamison knows her as someone with a short temper and sharp tongue.

Her mother

She is a steady wellspring of love, warmth and nurturing. She helps the author to recover from her early bouts of manic-depression and serves as a role model of reasonable, rational behavior.

Her father

An Air Force pilot and scientist, he is prone to flights of whimsy that entertain his children as youngsters.

Her psychiatrist (therapist)

He received high marks for compassion and skill, and is effective in managing her illness once...

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