Clinical Case Formulation : Kay Redfield Jamison And Bipolar ( Manic Depressive ) Disorder

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Clinical Case Formulation: Kay Redfield Jamison and Bipolar (Manic-Depressive) Disorder Kay Redfield Jamison is a caucasian female who is a professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently 70 years old and published her novel An Unquiet Mind about her bipolar disorder in 1995. Her father was an Air Force officer, who eventually struggled with alcoholism, depression, and anger issues after the family moved to California. Her sister also has struggled with mental illness, likely bipolar disorder as well. Her mother and brother both do not suffer from any kind of mental illness. As a child, her and her family often travelled to a variety of military bases due to her father’s service. She lived in Washington for a …show more content…

82)This emphasizes the book’s point of saying that some criteria are “abnormally increased activity or energy,” and “flight of ideas or subjective impression that thoughts are racing,” (Kring et al. 2016, p. 140). She mentions that during these episodes that her friends would tell her to slow down (Jamison 1995, p. 37). This can also be considered as the symptom characterized by unusual talkativeness and rapid speech (Kring et al. 2016, p. 140). According to the textbook, a decreased need for sleep also characterizes mania, which Jamison often refers to, saying that “Decreased sleep is both a symptom of mania and a cause,” (Jamison 1995, p. 69). During her manic episodes, Jamison also had a tendency to dress provocatively and overspend money, which the DSM-5 characterizes as “excessive involvement in activities that are likely to have painful consequences, such as reckless spending, sexual indiscretions, or unwise business investments,” (Kring et al. 2016, p. 140). She also mentions that during one of her manias, she bought snakebite kits because “God had chose me, and apparently only me, to alert the world to the wild proliferation of killer snakes in the Promised Land,” (Jamison 1995, p. 76), which can be classified as the DSM-5 criteria “increased self-esteem; belief that one has special talents, powers, or abilities,” (Kring et al. 2016, p. 140). As for her depressive

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