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Old 07-03-2006, 11:57 PM #31
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I read a book called "Detour My life in 4d" by Lizzie Simon. I loved it. Good for young adult
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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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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!

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"Coping with bipolar disorder" by Jones Hayward & Lam

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Lizzie Smith also writes a column in bp magazine. You can see some highlighted articles on their web site bphope.com. 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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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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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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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, wwwmichelleandersonpublising.com
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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Thankyou so much darkeyes for your list of books and positive feedback, ur a gem xxx
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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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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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