Books on bipolar: Still a better love story than Twilight

In my last post, I stated that I was going to do a recovery plan and share it here. After looking around the internet, I decided to purchase a book to guide me through the creation of my recovery plan.

After debating between two books, I decided on a book called Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability. It was between that or The Bipolar Workbook: Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings. After reading reviews, I decided the former was the best option for me. There are many other options, so if I don’t like it I’ll just try something new. I’ll update with a review after I read it. I also purchased the book The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know.

While I’m on the topic of books, I’ll share a couple that I really liked. The first bipolar-related book I bought was Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder. Obviously, I did not purchase this book for myself. However, reading this book gave me a lot of clarity, at a rudimentary level. Reading the symptoms and explanations of bipolar disorder really hit me. Of course I had heard them all before, but reading about them in-depth opened my eyes. There were things that I thought were just aspects of my personality. Reading that book made it impossible for me to deny that I had bipolar disorder. Anyway, I think this book is excellent if your loved one(s) are having a hard time understanding your illness. I have the edition that I linked to, but there is a second edition available.

Another book that I absolutely loved is Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask . I love this book. The author is so real and relatable. Not only will you learn about your disorder, but you’ll learn how to laugh at yourself, too. I can’t tell you how much I love this book.

Well, that’s it. Just wanted to update that my recovery plan won’t be posted as soon as I thought. I think working through a book will be much more effective than making something myself. I’ll share my thoughts on the books in about a week or so.

Edited to add:  If you have any book suggestions, please leave them in the comments below. I’m interested in any and all things related to mental illness and/or substance abuse.

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3 thoughts on “Books on bipolar: Still a better love story than Twilight

  1. Hey there! Great blog! I really liked Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison’s “An Unquiet Mind”, Wendy K. Williamson’s “I’m Not Crazy Just Bipolar” and my friend Melody Moezzi’s “Haldol and Hyacinths” – there are a ton of other bipolar books out there too. I also get BP Magazine, which has helpful articles and a good website: http://www.bphope.com. Take care and hope you are feeling better…I know how it is.

      • Thanks for the suggestions – I think you would like the Williamson book the best. I still haven’t read “Welcome to the Jungle” although I’ve heard about it for years and after reading your post I want to get it sometime. I’m at http://www.proudlybipolar.wordpress.com (I want to change that address to the actual title of my blog which is “Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar” but I don’t know how to do it!) I’m still new to WordPress in lots of ways and want to learn how it works…..take care and hope your day is going well. I’ll be following this blog. :)

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