This project will look at the character, Dr. Kay Jamison, from the autobiography, “An Unquiet
Mind.” It summarizes the whole book which is based on her life experiences while dealing with
bipolar. It describes how she was diagnosed with the disorder. This project discuss symptoms,
causes, and treatments. It will talk about the defense mechanisms that Dr. Kay Jamison most
commonly used, rationalization and sublimation. The theoretical perspectives that were used to
describe her disorder were the humanistic and the psychodynamic approach. Kay learned to deal
with her disorder and took …show more content…
confided in those she could trust and was fortunate to have the love and support from so many
friends, family, husband and colleagues. As she pointed out there are so many people in many professions suffering from this
condition. Many manic depressant individuals end up self-medicating, making them alcoholics
or drug abusers and eventually committing suicide. She went on with her life with no regrets and
lives it without guilt or embarrassment. This is not a condition that is brought upon by up
bringing or lifestyle. Manic depression is a disease that requires treatment. The author is able to
see from a different perspective as to how the condition effects patients and has a unique
understanding of the illness. She can describe from a firsthand point of view on the importance
of taking medication for this condition.
Part II: Diagnosis
Axis I: Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness).
Axis II: No personality or developmental disorders.
Axis III: No medical conditions.
Axis IV: She had multiple stressors that could have influenced her disorder. She moved to
California, off the military base where she felt most comfortable. She had a bad relationship with
her sister, her father had a drinking problem, high school was to difficult, divorced her husband,
and had many relationships with other men.
Axis V: Lowest Score: 19. Even though Kay knew she had something wrong with her