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Default Sep 25, 2003 at 01:07 AM
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Here is a list of some of the books I have read that have been most helpful in understanding and dealing with Bipolar Disorder:

"Moodswing" by Dr. Ronald R. Fieve
* he also has his own website

"Bipolar Disorder" by Dr. Francis Mark Mondimore
A guide for patients and family
A Johns Hopkins Press Health book

"Bipolar Child" by Dr. Demetri Papolos

"Overcoming Depression" by Dr. Demetri Papolos & Janice Papolos

"An Unquiet Mind" by Kay Redfield Jamison

"Touched With Fire" by Kay Redfiled Jamison
Manic Depressive Illness and the Artisitc Temperament

"Night Falls Fast" by Kay Redfield Jamison
Understanding Suicide

"Surviving Manic Depression" by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D
and Michael B. Knable, D.O

"Manic Depressive Illness" by Dr.'s Goodwin & Jamison
Note: this is more of a very technical book and very pricey, but was worth the money and reading.

"Hatherleigh Guide to Psycopharacology"
Note: I found this at Borders Books, but I am sure Amazon or any good book store may have it.

The last 2 books I'll mention are more about the lives, narratives, of the author's life experiences.

"The Noonday Demon" by Andrrew Solomon

"Electroboy" by Andy Behrman

There are so many more, too many to list but check in the Psychology sections at Borders, Waldens, Barnes & Nobles, and also try Amazon.com.
Hope you'll find these good for starters Bipolar Recommended Books -- Worth Reading

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Default Oct 23, 2003 at 12:41 PM
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Hi
I have one book I have very helpfull
Escaping Emotional Entrapment
by: Daniel Rutley
Freedom from negative thinking and unhealthy emotions.
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Default Oct 23, 2003 at 01:01 PM
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Thanks for adding, if you come across anymore that you have read and enjoyed please let us know, such things can help people a great deal and is much appreciated

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I did a workbook called Dealing with Manic Depression but for the life of me I can't remember the author. It was very good and helped me figure out some of my triggers like when I get stressed at work I react manic. Which even though sounds like a good thing because I get things done it is ultimately not such a good thing as us BP'ers know. I recommend it to anyone.

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Default Dec 29, 2003 at 09:09 PM
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I've read both An Unquiet Mind and Touched By Fire, which are wonderful books. A book that I found to be very, very helpful is a book called Bipolar Disorder Demystified by Lana Castle. The author has the disease and the book covers everything from mental disorder myths, to physiology, to symptoms and treatments. It's a wonderful resource without pandering to "victimhood" - I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about - the awful books that encourage an "oh, woe is me" approach to mental disease. This book recognizes that bipolar disorder, while not to be taken lightly, is a manageable disease on par with, say, diabetes.

Go! Go and read it! That's an order :-p
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Yes, the Manic Depressive Illness by Goodwin and Jameson, I hav and refer to it al the time. An excellent resource!
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Default Mar 25, 2004 at 06:09 PM
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Thanks for the tip, I think I'll take you up on it. Any worthwhile non-fiction stories dealing with bipolar disorder?

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Default Apr 09, 2004 at 11:06 PM
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If anyone is interrested in reading a good story or two about the effects of being bipolar, maybe you all could read my book. You can find out more about it at the barnesand noble dot com sight or even amazon.com has it. It's called, "Driving in Squares; Dreaming in Circles" Thanks, BabyDoe

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Default Jun 15, 2004 at 11:15 AM
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Thanks for your list...if I were only to read one of them, which would best describe in a positive manner to me about Bipolar?
I picked up a book over the weekend that has been so enlightening by Jan Fawcett, MD, Bernard Golden, phd, and Nancy Rosenfeld (who has Bipolar) and have found it to be helpful. It's called "New Hope for people with Bipolar Disorder"
I have not been given an official diagnosis, but after reading much of this book, there is no doubt in my mind and will speak with a pdoc about it soon.
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Default Jul 11, 2004 at 06:42 PM
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I read Nights Falls Fast, and found it to be very triggering. I can't say it helped, only made me focus even more on siucide. If you do chose to read it, be careful. I wouldn't reccomend this book for the severely depressed or suicidal, it resulted in my own suicide attempt that was nearly completed.

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Default Jul 12, 2004 at 12:48 AM
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Sorry you feel this way, but there are others that have also benefitted from reading this, learning from it and also recognizing the fact you should seek professional help when one is experienceing such depression. If a book is that triggering you claim it caused you to attempt suicide I think rather then reading the book as you claim you have been depressed and having suicidal idealities it is best then you call a hotline, and please consider going for professional psychiatric care. I never claimed the books I listed to be cures, and if someone picks it up and reads the Preface and reviews on the covers, one should have enough info at that point if they want to continue to read it. I am sorry it wasn't for you, but again I do not make any claims that the books are cures, and may not be so consoling to some as others.
We all have choices to what we read or watch, I just wanted to share them with others.
I find many posts at the various forums here very triggering, but it is of our choice to read them or pass them, it is also our choice to get professional help or not, naturally I would encourage you or anyone feeling so badly to seek professional help as soon as possible.
Please take care, and if you have any books that you would like to add here, please do, it always is nice when people can share what they have read. . . it can help.
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Default Jul 14, 2004 at 10:48 PM
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No apology, everyone gets different things from what they readd, and that is cool, I just was sorry it trigered you.
I hope you are doing okay, and will get help with this.
Please take care, okay?

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Default Jul 19, 2004 at 09:50 PM
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HI,
I'm new to this and I love this site.. I know I'm going to benefit alot from it.
The book that I read and it's great is called: " The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide" By David J. Miklowitz, Phd

Hope this helps...

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Default Jul 20, 2004 at 03:42 PM
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I got that one too, in my personal "library", I need to get more books to read, except I haven't seen any new ones, but I must say PsychiatryMatters.Md (or whatever you need to type) helps keep me abreast with new findings, etc.
I want to thank yo and any others that can add to this reading list.
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Anything by Redfield-Jamison is worth reading. I'm not familiar with all of the rest, but it does look a good list.

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Thanks, yes they are good reading Bipolar Recommended Books -- Worth Reading
I was once a Moody Blues fan, the writing, not just the music was great. I am from an older generation, ha!ha! Well 47 going on 48 in Jan.
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I HAVE read "An Unquiet Mind" and it is excellent. I would definitely recommend that one.
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Hi folks,

I have found anything on Buddhism to be more than a little helpful. Having read loads of self help stuff (usually when I'm in my own low phase) I wanted something that I could study 'on the level' so to speak, that would be relevant whatever condition I was in.

As I am vulnerable to 'scrupulosity' as discussed on another thread, and have had a close call with Catholicism, I have chosen the least doctrinaire branch of Buddhism that I could find.

The book I return to is 'Buddhism without Beliefs' by Stephen Batchelor. The paperback is easily available on Amazon and quite cheap.

A powerful message that comes over in this view of the world is that suffering (dhukka) applies to all living creatures, not just to those of us with diagnoses of specific illness. By tying in my study of this branch of zen with a meditation group that is non denominational, I have a path which is looking hopeful.

I feel that any sort of mental illness is isolating and painfully self focussing, and this practice helps to break that pattern.

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Default Dec 03, 2004 at 12:49 PM
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Does this directly relate to Bipolar disorder? I believe the religious type means of help are individual, not all cases can be helped by Buddhism, or any religions, many mental disorders are due to genetics, chemical imbalances of the brain, I haven't seen this changed by religious beliefs, if so the person probably didn't have any mental disorders per say.
I am happy that it works for you, and I suppose many others too, but let's not forget the reality of Bipolar disorder, medication is a need for many patients to achieve stabilization first.
Thanks for sharing your experience(s) with us.
This is a book list for suggested reading that addresses Bipolar disorder as well as this forum, if anyone would like to add to it let me know, I'd like to keep the topic on Bipolar and Bipolar related stuff, that is the topic of this forum, Bipolar disorder.

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