Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Books on Living with Bipolar Disorder

I am happy to be collaborating with Joyce Pharoah and her staff at the Homewood, a premiere Canadian mental health facility in Guelph, Ontario. We are creating short, carefully selected lists of books from the psychology and self help sections, for people to read on their own, or ideally with the support of a therapist. These lists will be focused on dealing with particular challenges such as phobias and depression, cultivating positive human qualities such as mindfulness and compassion, and helpful therapeutic practices. Other lists we've put together include books on anxiety, dealing with anger, and eating disorders.

- Ken Hood

Here is a list of books about how to work with bipolar disorder.

The Bipolar Handbook: Real Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers, by Wes Burgess

Drawing upon the real questions asked by patients and families during his nearly twenty years as a bipolar specialist, The Bipolar Handbook comprehensively tackles every area of the disorder, from its causes to medical treatment and psychotherapy, to strategies for creating a healthy lifestyle, to the prevention of, coping with, and treatment of bipolar episodes.
The Depression Workbook: A guide to Living with Depression and Manic Depression, by Mary Ellen Copeland

Learn to practice the latest research-based self-help strategies to relieve depression and address other mental health issues. A new chapter guides readers through developing your own plan for managing symptoms and staying well. This edition is updated in all areas including new medical and holistic perspectives and extensive lists of helpful resources and Web sites that will assist you in your journey to wellness.
Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, by Julie Fast

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder offers information and step-by-step advice for helping your partner manage mood swings and impulsive actions, allowing you to finally focus on enjoying your relationship while also taking time for yourself. This book explains the symptoms of your partner's disorder and offers strategies for preventing them and responding to these symptoms when they do occur.
Mind over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, by Dennis Greenberger
This popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy.  Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped hundreds of thousands of people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems.
An  Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, by Kay Redfield Jamison

Dr. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, Jamison found herself succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients, as her disorder launched her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempted suicide.
Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, by David Miklowitz
Dr. David J. Miklowitz offers straight talk, true stories, and proven strategies that can help you achieve greater balance and free yourself from out-of-control moods. The updated second edition has the latest facts on medications and therapy, an expanded discussion of parenting issues for bipolar adults, and a new chapter, "For Women Only."

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