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Exchanges at the Frontier with Kay Redfield Jamison

Thursday 5 December 2013, 19.00-20.30


Kay Redfield Jamison is a clinical psychologist with a unique story. She is a world leader in the study of bipolar (manic-depressive) illness, a condition that she herself has had since her adolescence. As a highly regarded clinician with direct experience of the condition she treats, she has a rare and moving perspective on the debilitating nature of this psychiatric disorder and its seductive but disastrous highs, depressions and disordered thinking. She is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the USA and the author of 'An Unquiet Mind: A memoir of moods and madness', which explores her initial ambivalence towards a life dependent on medication and her faith in the healing power of psychotherapy. She is also the coauthor of the standard medical textbook on bipolar disorder.

The audio from this event was recorded and will be broadcast on BBC World Service at 7pm GMT on Saturday 1 March 2014. You can then listen again with the BBC Exchanges: Ideas and Argument podcast.

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