Last week, I made a post about how I wanted to read more and in particular, about/relating to psychology. Since my last post, I have made a conscious effort to read a bit each day. Now, I am definitely not reading for hours on end like I use to but I am going through the motions and just getting into the habit of taking my ebook out to read.
So, the book I decided to start my reading journey on is called “An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness” by Kay Redfield Jamison. The authour is a clinical psychologist who has bipolar disorder and has focused her work on that disorder. I think I chose this book because I wanted that dual perspective of being both the sufferer of the disorder as well as the psychologist. I wanted that dual perspective because I sometimes feel like I may suffer from depression and I want to know that if I do, that I can still be a psychologist. I also wanted to start off with a book that’s from the viewpoint of the person suffering from a mental illness because I feel like the best way to understand an illness is to understand what the person is going through. Textbooks just don’t help you understand the disorders in that way, they teach you about the disorder but not how people are like when they suffer from it or what’s going on to the person really. Obviously, every person is going to be different but you need a starting point. I really noticed that when I was studying Autism and then having to work with children with Autism, it’s just very different.
As much as I would like to start talking more about the book, I think I will wait till I am finished reading it all. I know I will have a lot to say. I’ve only read about 2 chapters and I already highlighted quite a few quotes. I know I am reading it slowly but please bear with me, I am trying to get back into reading. I’m not quite there yet.