About Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Books & Pamphlets
Here are some books that offer useful insight into Bipolar Disorder and how to manage the condition. These books are all available for purchase online.
The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression
Mary Ellen Copeland and Matthew McKay
(New Harbinger Publications ISBN 978-1572242685)
Based on extensive research, this text contains interactive exercises that provide guidance on essential coping skills to help readers make real changes in their lives.
Living Without Depression and Manic Depression: A Workbook for Maintaining
Mary Ellen Copeland (New Harbinger Publications ISBN 978-1879237742)
Living Without Depression and Manic Depression outlines a programme that helps people achieve real breakthroughs in coping and healing.
Candida Fink & Joe Kraynck (Lifestyles Paperbacks ISBN 978-1118338827)
An easy to read guide to bipolar disorder
Sarah Owen & Amanda Saunders (Oneworld Publications ISBN 978-1851686049)
This book answers questions about bipolar disorder in a friendly and uncomplicated style.
Touched with Fire: Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
Kay Redfield Jamison (Simon & Schuster ISBN 978-06084831831)
A study of manic depression and inspiration that will be a hard read for many but which makes its points very convincingly. The relationship between madness and genius is a fascinating subject and Jamison has a rich load of observers to quote from - Byron, Coleridge, van Gogh, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke and Virginia Woolf.
Kay Redfield Jamison (Picador ISBN 978-0330346511)
This book is Kay Redfield Jamison’s personal testimony - the revelation of her struggle with manic depression since adolescence and how it shaped her life.
The Food & Mood Handbook: How What You Eat Can Transform How You Feel
Amanda Geary (Thorsons ISBN 978-00073233807)
An enjoyable read which explains why food affects the mind and offers many practical examples to improve mood. A must for anyone who suffers from any kind of mood disorder.
Dr Neil Hunt (Churchill Livingstone ISBN 978-04431007030)
This book provides succinct information on bipolar disorder and its management in a primary care setting. Also helpful for anyone who has experienced bipolar disorder.
Francis Mark Mondimore (Johns Hopkins University Press ISBN 978-0801883132)
A valuable educational resource for individuals with bipolar disorder and the people who care about them. Highly recommended for patients and their family members.
Nicole Carter (CreateSpace Independent Publishing ISBN 978-1985050044)
Offers expert advice on how to use fitness and healthy nutrition as complementary therapy to improve physical and mental health. The Guide will help you to make healthier nutrition and activity choices which’ll help to alter your brain and body chemistry to alleviate stress, depression and anxiety
Dr Nick Stafford (My Mind Books ISBN 978-1908445001)
An excellent informative guide for people who have been prescribed lithium for their treatment of bipolar disorder.
Martin Baker and Fran Houston (Nordland Publishing ISBN 978-8283310214)
We want to support our friends but when your friend lives with mental illness it’s hard to know what to do. Transatlantic friends Martin Baker and Fran Houston share what they’ve learned about growing a supportive, mutually rewarding relationship.
Lesley Beck, Michael Beck et al (Vermilion ISBN 978-0091924251)
This accessible guide explains the characteristics of Bipolar I and Bipolar II, their causes, triggers and ways of preventing relapse.
Gabrielle Blackman-Sheppard (Crown House Publishing ISBN 978-184590446-3)
A very accurate and unflinching look at bipolar disorder - a must-read for anyone wanting to know more about the illness.
Jessie Close and Pete Early (Grand Central Publishing ISBN 978-1455548804)
Jessie Close is an Ambassador for Bring Change 2 Mind, co-founded with her sister, actress Glenn Close.
Patty Duke & Gloria Hochman (Bantam ISBN 978-0553560725)
The actress and a medical reporter describe what it’s like to live with manic depression, the latest findings on its probable causes, its wide range of symptoms and its most effective treatments.
Take Charge Of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting StabilityJulie Fast and John Preston (Life and Style ISBN 978-0446697613)
Julie Fast has lived experience of bipolar disorder. She is an expert on the subject, author and a family coach.
Judith Wurtman & Nina Frusztaier Marquis (Rodale ISBN 978-1405099868)
With The Good Mood Diet, readers can expect to lose up to 1kg of fat each week. The diet includes an easy-to-follow 12-week programme, 75 recipes and a section to help readers overcome obstacles on the road to weight loss and better mood.
Dr Cynthia G Last (Guildford Press ISBN 978-1593856083)
This book is peppered with brilliant and intimate accounts of the personal journeys of Dr. Last, her patients and their loving families. It is a fabulous resource for anyone riding the roller coaster with a spouse or partner with bipolar disorder.
Dr Liz Miller (Rodale ISBN 978-19057444459)
Mood mapping involves plotting how you feel against your energy levels to determine your mood. Dr Miller provides the tools you need to lift your low mood and improve your mental wellbeing based on her own experience of bipolar disorder.
Ros Morris (Mainstream Publishing ISBN 978-184596-342-2)
Don’t Wait for Me is a must-read for anyone coping with a difficult family situation and should also be read by anyone quick to complain about perceived problems which can sometimes be quite superficial.
Sally Russell (Read How You Want ISBN 978-1427087348)
This book provides a wellness view of bipolar disorder. Although the stay well stories and plans do not represent all people who experience bipolar disorder, these stories fill an important gap in our understanding of the illness. Rather than focus only on the ‘burden’ of bipolar disorder, its also crucial to listen to people who stay well. These stories provide proof that people with bipolar disorder can lead full lives.
Jeremy Thomas & Dr Tony Hughes (Penguin ISBN 978-0141032177)
This entertaining and informative book debunks the jargon of a complex subject.
John Sawkins (Chipmunkapublishing ISBN 978-1849913553)
Recovery tends to imply some notion of going back to your old self. For the author, this was not an option. He decided to start afresh after experiencing a hypo-manic episode in 2000. Like many who experience a breakdown, he had to cultivate a totally different existence to that of the person he used to be - an invigorating novel based on the author’s own experience
Scottish Executive ISBN 978-0755952533
An easy-read guide to the 2003 Mental Health Act
Stephen Fry’s The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive [DVD] Viewing this programme will give you a better understanding of what it’s like to live with bipolar and the impact it can have on others around you.
Knowledge is power and understanding bipolar will enable you to better manage the condition. The booklets below provide invaluable information about Bipolar Disorder and self-management – please read, download and share.
Bipolar: The Essential Guide
The essential one-stop shop intro to Bipolar Disorder, how it can affect you and how to live with it.
Can I take my medication during pregnancy? Will it harm my baby? Can pregnancy and childbirth lead to a bipolar relapse?
Bipolar Disorder – Information for Employers
This booklet addresses employers’ concerns about employing someone with bipolar disorder.
Bipolar Disorder – Information for Employees
Should I tell my employer I have bipolar disorder? This booklet tackles these and other issues to help you achieve your work goals.
This booklet helps you plan ahead for depressive episodes and how to manage when you are depressed.
You may wonder what you can do to help a loved one with bipolar disorder - this leaflet offers helpful advice.
This leaflet helps you plan ahead for future highs and how to respond when you experience one.
A comprehensive guide to lithium, the evidence for its use in bipolar disorder, its side effects and more.
This leaflet explains the symptoms and treatments available for bipolar disorder.
Mood monitoring is a key aspect of managing bipolar disorder. Monitoring your moods makes you more aware of mood changes and emerging patterns - you can then modify your lifestyle, making changes that will affect your developing moods.
An Advance Statement lets you say how you’d like to be treated when you are unwell or unable to advocate for yourself. This booklet explains how to write an Advance Statement.