Dr. Kay Jamison, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has personal struggles with depression and suicide. Her account in The Night Falls Fast is poignant and scholarly. Jamison erases the shame of suicide by educating the public. She writes with conviction about the characteristics, hope, pharmacology, genetics and psychology of depression.
Physiological imbalance in the human body can cause changes in temperament. Extremes in temperament such as unrecognized and untreated depression can lead to suicide. Jamison explains modalities of treating depression and the value of continued monitoring and support.