Bipolar disorder is a recurrent mental health illness that most commonly manifests in young adulthood, but can also manifest in infancy and adolescence in some situations. The disorder’s dramatic mood swings make it difficult to experience firsthand or to deal with as a caregiver. Fortunately, whichever circumstance you find yourself in, there are lots of resources accessible to assist you in completing the task.
The bipolar illness books listed below serve as guides, instructional resources, and sources of consolation for those who have been diagnosed (or are seeking diagnosis) as well as their loved ones. These materials can help with discussions about bipolar disorder symptoms, treatment options, and day-to-day life with a mental health condition.
Self-Help Books For Those With Bipolar Disorder
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide
You’ll discover easy information on everything from the mechanics of bipolar illness and how to treat it in its various forms to how to deal with comorbid diseases like anxiety or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in this handbook by Dr. David J. Miklowitz (ADHD).
While living with bipolar disorder might feel like a roller coaster, Miklowitz, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, realizes that knowledge is power. His book teaches readers how to cope with symptoms, lessen the amount and frequency of recurrences, settle related familial conflict, and navigate the perplexing world of bipolar disorder drug management.
The Bipolar II Disorder Workbook: Managing Recurring Depression, Hypomania, and Anxiety
Manic depression, often known as bipolar disorder, is characterized by alternating periods of profound melancholy and powerful manic episodes. However, unlike bipolar I, people with bipolar II may never have a full-fledged manic episode. Instead, they are familiar with periods of enhanced energy and impulsivity (hypomania), as well as anxiety and sadness.
This workbook was created specifically for persons who are coping with bipolar II disorder. It was created by a group of professionals to assist readers in coping with and managing the many symptoms associated with their condition. Structured exercises based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness studies are included in this book. Finally, it takes a practical approach to a complex disorder and simplifies it.
The Bipolar Workbook: Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings
This book serves as a working tool to instill empathy and a sense of empowerment in anyone who suffers from bipolar disease, as well as loved ones who want to learn more about its consequences. Its goal is to reclaim control and ownership for those who may feel powerless in the face of their disease.
Monica Ramirez Basco, a clinical psychologist, believes that understanding your personal triggers, vulnerabilities, and strengths is the key to overcoming life-altering spells of mania and depression. Basco provides the background you need to confidently put your new skills to action, in addition to step-by-step written exercises for managing stress and making healthy choices. She advocates for consistent treatment, hands-on self-care, and a proactive attitude to remission.
New Hope for People with Bipolar Disorder: Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest Traditional and Complementary Solutions
This self-help workbook is unique in that it is written from the perspective of a full-treatment team — a psychiatrist, Dr. Jan Fawcett; a psychologist, Dr. Bernard Golden; and a patient, Nancy Rosenfeld — rather than the conventional formula utilized by many of its competitors. Its goal is to provide basic information on the following topics: Why do some patients become worse when they take antidepressants? What’s the deal with atypical antipsychotic drugs? Is there any fresh genetic research on the horizon? And how do you determine whether and how to tell others about your illness?
Overall, it serves as a useful “first step” for anyone seeking to learn more about the effects of bipolar disease.
The War Within My Mind
John Poehler, author of the award-winning blog Bipolar Battle and an expert in managing his own bipolar disease, gives readers a road map or game plan for dealing with their treatment options. He understands that instability in life, and especially with bipolar disorder, can feel unavoidable, but he believes that reimagining yourself as a warrior with coping strategies as weapons will help you reclaim control of your battle.
Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask
Young individuals in their 20s who are experiencing the effects of their mental health issue for the first time are the target audience for this amusing approach to self-help. It takes an honest, in-the-trenches approach to bipolar education, packed of insightful observations and heartbreakingly brave experiences.
“Am I still me if I take mind-altering medications?” author Hilary Smith wonders, among other difficult but extremely familiar concerns.
” and “Will people think I’m crazy if I tell them I’m bipolar?”
“Reviewers say it’s a refreshing change to read a book that expresses their true feelings rather than focusing on black-and-white issues. It embraces the idea that mental health is rarely straightforward, and can be downright unpleasant at times, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it.
Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers
Another in-depth, educational guide that focuses on manic depression, one of bipolar disorder’s most common symptoms. This guide also includes symptom descriptions from bipolar patients, making it particularly useful for those who want to hear from others who have experienced the condition.
Books to Better Understand Bipolar Disorder
Owning Bipolar: How Patients and Families Can Take Control of Bipolar Disorder
Michael G. Pipich’s book demonstrates how to recognize bipolar mood swings and distinguish between bipolar and other symptoms. There are a variety of mental health conditions that can coexist. He simplifies complex ideas by presenting them in a three-phase format that is easy to understand. Throughout, he intersperses vast amounts of data with relatable first-person accounts from people who have struggled with bipolar disorder. This pattern is used to aid people in absorbing and remembering what they’ve read.
Pipich also addresses the denial that can be associated with bipolar disease and advocates the pursuit of particular, collaborative treatments and therapies. He recognizes that not only mental health disorders, but also the treatment of mental health disorders, are stigmatized; a stigma he exposes and vehemently rejects.
Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for You and Your Loved Ones
The first version of Dr. Mondimore’s book, published in 1999, broke new ground in terms of understanding and treating bipolar personality disorder. The updated version is still a thorough and impactful guide to living with bipolar disorder, covering topics such as controlling symptoms and bipolar cycles, as well as recent research.
Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar
Natasha Tracy, an award-winning writer, utilizes her own experiences to describe the dramatic highs and lows of bipolar disorder. This book has been praised by reviewers for its effectiveness in assisting loved ones in better understanding their disorder.
It’s a hybrid of self-help and memoir that tells a story about a challenging condition, allowing readers to put themselves in the shoes of someone with bipolar disorder. It explains how strong mood swings, feelings of powerlessness, and cognitive distortions affect people. It also addresses the difficult topic of suicide and suicide attempts, as well as how to approach the subject with knowledge and care.
Understanding Bipolar Disorder: The Essential Family Guide
Understanding your loved one’s bipolar diagnosis can be challenging and exhausting; with so much information available, how can you be sure you’re supporting them in a healthy and engaging way?
This book contains anecdotes, family activities, and advice to help your family prosper. You can also learn about therapy goals, community support, and other topics.