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Default Apr 29, 2005 at 12:07 AM
An Unquiet Mind was a fabulous book. I tell people to read it all the time. <font color="brown"> </font>
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Default Jun 11, 2005 at 11:59 AM
Moodswing by Dr Fieve was one of the first books I read and I was SO impressed even though it was quite old. I didn't know he had a website - Thanks so much for sharing that.
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Default Jun 12, 2005 at 10:53 AM
I know it may be old, but this man has done so much for the Bipolar population, with his research and patients.
Much of it is still used today, I may be wrong but I think he has continued to contribute more findings to those in the Psychiatric field and research. But don't hold me to that, my memory is not always on target, ha!ha!
On Psychiatry Matters website, there are always updates on disorders,research and treatments.
A Dr. Calabrese and Dr Akiskal have been doing research on the efficacy of various meds., very interesting.
I hope to have time this summer to post any books, journals, etc. that I find, my present pdoc told me the many pdocs I've read about either in books or professional websites are legitimate pdocs/researchers genius in their field.
I'm not sure, but I think Dr. Fieve may still have his practice in NYC, but not sure. I did see that on the internet when I typed in his name, a couple of years ago.
Well, if you or anyone that visits here and can contribute more suggested readings, please do.


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Default Jun 22, 2005 at 02:57 PM
Danielle Steel had a bipolar son & she wrote a book about him, His Bright Light, a book I am sure we can all relate to everything in his life, it spans his lifetime. I wrote Danielle and she wrote me back, we still correspond, she is great.

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Default Jun 22, 2005 at 03:19 PM
As a writer with a mental illness, I REALLY enjoyed "The Midnight Disease."

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Default Feb 11, 2006 at 11:42 PM
"A Mood Apart" The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and its Disorders, by Peter C. Whybrow, M.D. is an excellent and comprehensive book about mood disorders.
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Default Feb 22, 2006 at 01:36 PM
Though some of it may be triggerish, Detour My Bipolar Road Trip, by Lizzie Simon deals autobiagraphically with her search for individuals coping successfully with the disease. Her search is precipitated by a crisis she experiences in high school, a crisis which she revisits throughout the book from varying perspectives as she meets new people with whom she connects, or does not.

I devoured it in about 48 hours, then proceeded to share it with a number of friends, some who knew me to be bipolar, some who did not.

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Default Jun 12, 2006 at 05:51 PM
I have that book & found it very encouraging. It is upfront about the symptoms & issues, but gives hope for a good quality of life with treatment.
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Oops, didn't give the title of the book I was talking about. It is "New Hope for People with Bipolar Disorder." I got it an a NAMI conference. The "Detours" book was a bit much for me--a lot of drug use (the illegal kind--I'm all for prescribed meds)in there.
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Default Jul 03, 2006 at 11:57 PM
I read a book called "Detour My life in 4d" by Lizzie Simon. I loved it. Good for young adult
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Default Jul 26, 2006 at 07:48 AM
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) by Mary Ellen Copeland gives practical advise on day-to-day living with bp. There is also a class taught on this book through NAMI that was excellent (& free). It was a 2-day workshop where you learned to identify your triggers, symptoms & how to avoid/deal with them. Also, you make up a list of things that keep you healthy that you need to do on a daily basis. You brainstorm with other members of the class about that & get good ideas about something you might want to try to add to improve the quality of your life. It also covered what you want (what kinds of meds, treatments, etc.) if you end up in the hospital & what hospital you don't want to go to so you don't have to repeat any bad experiences you've had. You get that form witnessed & notarized so when you aren't thinking clearly the person you designated to take over for you will have all the info.
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Default Sep 23, 2006 at 07:10 AM
Theres a new one out, one of those "For dummies" books, I bought it to help my family undersatnd the illness, its called Bipolar for dummies, and is by Candidia Fink, it really is what the title says and helps friends and family understand me.

I think these have already been mentioned but Electroboy & An Unquiet mind are great, however when reading some parts of Electroboy, I kinda missed some things!

Another useful one is
"Coping with bipolar disorder" by Jones Hayward & Lam

Best of luck!
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Default Jan 16, 2007 at 06:14 PM
Lizzie Smith also writes a column in bp magazine. You can see some highlighted articles on their web site I think her Detour book may be triggering & it is aimed at a younger generation than I am (52!), but my therapist gave it to me to read.

Also, if you get bp magazine I've had two letters to the editor published. The one in the latest issue is titled "Rebounding from hurtful words." I am from Carmel, IN & have my name withheld due to stigma.--Suzy
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Default Jan 16, 2007 at 08:36 PM
Bipolar Child written by Dr.Demetri Papolos, this book is awesome I felt like I was reading my life story. It's a great read!! Bipolar Recommended Books -- Worth Reading

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Default Feb 06, 2007 at 08:29 PM
Bipolar II by Dr. Fieve. Really excellent and insightful. It was interesting to read what he had to say about the beneficial aspects of hypomania as well. It was also nice to find a book that focuses almost exclusively on this disorder since that's the version I have.
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Default Feb 17, 2007 at 11:27 AM
A book I have come across here in Australia that has helped me and my family understand my Bipolar 2 diagnosis is called "A Lifelong Journey - Staying well with Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder" by Sarah Russell. (2005) Published by Michelle Anderson Publising Melbourne,
It has great real life stories interspersed throughout the book which I could identify with and which my family could understand and realised they had noticed these things in me before.
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Default Feb 21, 2007 at 04:10 AM
Thankyou so much darkeyes for your list of books and positive feedback, ur a gem xxx

Hi there, Im a married lass living with Bi-Polar disorder and trying to live one day at a time without going insane! I'm Australian and am very grateful to have found this site.
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Default Mar 08, 2007 at 02:35 AM
I read "Darkness Visible" by William Styron when I was going through a bad depression years ago. It's just his own account of a severe depression he went through.

On the back of the book it says something about offering the solace of shared experience and that's what it did for me.

It's a very short, easy read so I also think it would be beneficial for loved ones of people with depression. It gives a lot of insight into how it feels to be depressed. Styron expresses his feelings so eloquently and in a way that anyone can understand.

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Default Mar 30, 2007 at 10:57 PM
I read An Unquiet Mind yesterday... awesome book. I'm loaning it to my grandparents... my grandma in particular. She wants to know more. My other grandma who's been gone 14 years understood it far too well... she was bipolar.

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