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The books on this list are must-haves for any bipolar's library.
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on alternative treatments for bipolar disorder and other brain disorders.
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This book focuses on the diagnosis and treatment
of bipolar type II and cyclothymia.
I immensely enjoy my work with Soft Bipolar patients.
When they are diagnosed and treated correctly they move on to creative and productive lives.
They are the spice of life.” -- Charles K.Bunch, Ph.D.
It is a message of hope for the hard times.
Yes, there is life after diagnosis.
Thank you, Dr. Bunch!
According to Dr. Gartner,
hypomania (as opposed to full-blown mania)
is a positive adaptive trait.
The U.S. was settled by energetic, optimistic folks who were willing to risk everything
to create their dreams.
Read about some of those folks here.
Energy, optimism, creativity, and risk-taking:
all of these traits can contribute greatly to one's success in life.
It's time to get The Hypomanic Edge.
"The Naked Bird Watcher",
is an autobiographical account of her struggle with bipolar disorder.
It is very well-written and can be read and understood by bipolar and non-bipolar folk alike.
What I liked best about the book is that Suzy
documents what worked for her and what didn't,
something that is important for all of us to pay attention to
and to work on in our own lives.
Suzy's positive approach and hopeful message
make this book a must-read.
The Cairn edition,
which I'm featuring,
is revised and
contains a great deal of new information
about Suzy's work in the Mental Health Awareness
and Advocacy fields.
Do you question the rationale behind piling on med after med
to counteract the side effects of the life-saving meds
you must take every day?
Have you experienced difficulty reducing dosages
in order to return to work?
Do you feel uneasy when you read about how much money
the drug companies make from your illness?
Then Jeffrey Wilson's new book is for you!
In Irrational Medicine,
Jeffrey exposes many of the fallacies
about the benefits of long-term antidepressant therapy.
In my years of taking these drugs
and of seeing the long-term effects that
the medical profession is only beginning to recognize,
this book brings the issue into focus
and will show you proven effective means of treating your illness.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beating the Blues
by Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Ellen McGrath and Marcella Kogan.
According to Dr. McGrath, the blues can
ultimately prove to be a blessing in disguise provided we pay attention
to what they are telling us and take appropriate action.
The book helps readers isolate the source of the blues and understand
the 16 kinds of everyday blues.
Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families
by Francis Mark Mondimore, M.D.
In this book for persons with bipolar disorder
and their families, Dr. Frank Mondimore offers a comprehensive, practical,
compassionate guide to the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment,
and causes of this potentially devastating psychiatric illness,
formerly known as "manic-depression."
by Tina Goss.
A true story as experienced by the author,
The Dilemma captures a family's surrealistic struggle with mental illness.
While others may have deemed their situation dire,
a humorous approach became their life preserver.
Tina Goss writes in candid detail about growing up with a father
crippled by manic-depression and her mother's ingenious attempts to disguise it.
Both heartbreaking and funny, this memoir is testimony
to a family's indestructible love.
The Dilemma is a captiving book that deals with the daily predicament
of having a mentally ill parent and a heart-wrenching decision
that no daughter should ever have to make.
by Psychotherapist, Richard O'Connor.
A psychotherapist shows readers how to
"undo" depression by replacing depressive patterns of thinking, relating,
and behaving with a new and more effective set of skills.
Winning Against Relapse : A Workbook of Action Plans for Recurring
Health and Emotional Problems
by Mary Ellen Copeland.
Every recovery holds the potential for relapse.
And for many who have fought their way back to
health from a physical disorder or emotional trauma,
the return of old symptoms can be even
more devastating than the original crisis.
In this book, Mary Ellen Copeland presents a structured
system that those in recovery can use to monitor
their own symptoms and respond to them in a
way that reduces or eliminates the possibility of relapse.
Readers will learn to identify events or
situations that can cause their symptoms to recur,
prepare an action plan to take if things start to
break down, and lay out specifics about support, medications,
and treatment facilities
that can help.
Night Falls Fast:
by Kay Redfield Jamison.
"Suicide is a particularly awful way to die: the mental suffering leading up to
it is usually prolonged, intense, and unpalliated," writes Kay Redfield
Jamison. "There is no morphine equivalent to ease the acute pain, and death
not uncommonly is violent and grisly." Jamison has studied manic-depressive
illness and suicide both professionally--and personally. She first planned her
own suicide at 17; she attempted to carry it out at 28. Now professor of
psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, she explores the complex
psychology of suicide, especially in people younger than 40: why it occurs,
why it is one of our most significant health problems, and how it can be
Living Without Depression and Manic Depression:
A Workbook for Maintaining Mood Stability
by Mary Ellen Copeland.
Those affected with depressive and manic depressive
disorders can live fairly normal lives with proper treatment:
this book provides self-help tips to supplement treatment programs,
providing encouragement for self-advocacy and including recommendations
for support and self-help therapy. From minimizing negative influences
from the past to using peer counseling effectively, this provides a workbook
packed with tips.
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
by Kay Redfield Jamison.
In this book Dr. Jamison turns that mirror on herself.
With breathtaking honesty she tells of her own manic depression,
the bitter costs of her illness, and its paradoxical benefits:
"There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness and terror
involved in this kind of madness.... It will never end,
for madness carves its own reality."
This is one of the best scientific autobiographies ever written,
a combination of clarity, truth, and insight into human character.
Modified February 24, 2007