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Old 09-25-2003, 01:07 AM #1
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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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