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
Mood Stability
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.

Bipolar Disorder For Dummies 

Candida Fink & Joe Kraynck (Lifestyles Paperbacks ISBN 978-1118338827)
An easy to read guide to bipolar disorder

Bipolar Disorder – The Ultimate Guide

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.

An Unquiet Mind

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.

Bipolar Disorder: Your Questions Answered

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.

Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families

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.

Good-Health Guide
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

Lithium for Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients

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.

High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend’s Guide to 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.

Living with Bipolar: A Practical Guide for Those with the Disorder, Their Family and Friends

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.

Bi-Polar Girl: An Irreverent Look at Bipolar Disorder

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.

Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental 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.

A Brilliant Madness

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 Stability

Julie 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.

The Good Mood Diet: Boost your Serotonin Levels to Lose Weight, Curb Cravings and Feel Great!

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.

When Someone You Love is Bipolar

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.

Mood Mapping: Plot your way to emotional health and happiness

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.

Don’t Wait for Me: How a Mother Lost her Son to Bipolar Disorder & Drug Abuse

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.

A Lifelong Journey: Staying Well With Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder

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.

The A-Z Guide to Good Mental Health: You Don’t Have to be Famous to Have Manic Depression

Jeremy Thomas & Dr Tony Hughes (Penguin ISBN 978-0141032177)
This entertaining and informative book debunks the jargon of a complex subject.


Defragmenting the Soul

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

The New Mental Health Act: An Easy Read Guide

Scottish Executive ISBN 978-0755952533
An easy-read guide to the 2003 Mental Health Act


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.

Bipolar Disorder and Pregnancy

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.

Dealing with Depression

This booklet helps you plan ahead for depressive episodes and how to manage when you are depressed.

Family and Friends

You may wonder what you can do to help a loved one with bipolar disorder - this leaflet offers helpful advice.

Handling a High

This leaflet helps you plan ahead for future highs and how to respond when you experience one.

Lithium for Bipolar Disorder

A comprehensive guide to lithium, the evidence for its use in bipolar disorder, its side effects and more.

Living with Bipolar Disorder

This leaflet explains the symptoms and treatments available for bipolar disorder.

Mood Monitoring

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.

Planning Ahead with an Advance Statement

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.