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   Posted 7/22/2008 4:23 AM (GMT -7)   
My wife has bp, and I'm trying to find some books not only about bp itself, but for the family of someone with it. We have 2 daughters 6 and 10, so I am trying to find ways to teach them about what their mom is going through, as well as educating myself. There seems to be alot of info out there, guess I am trying to get ideas on what some of the better books out there are. Thanks

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   Posted 7/22/2008 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Here are some that my husband and I read that are great books, very informative.

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide:What You and Your Family Need to Know by David Jay Miklowitz, c. 2002

Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families by Francis Mark Mondimore, c. 2006

Win the Battle: The 3-Step Lifesaving Formula to Conquer Depression and Bipolar Disorder by Bob Olson with his wife Melissa Olson (This one is good because he shares his story and his wife shares her experience too. My husband found this one helpful as did my parents.) c. 1999

I found all of these books very helpful and informative. You could try them and see what you think.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

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   Posted 7/22/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi cardsfan51,

missflip already mentioned my favorite, The Bipolar Disorder Survivial Guide.

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   Posted 7/22/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
The one that helped my husband and I was Bipolar for Dummies. It was so helpful and easy to read.

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   Posted 7/22/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree, the Survival Guide is great, and also The Everything Health Guide To Adult Bipolar Disorder.
Also, here's a list of some wonderful books for children who are young readers written in a way clever way to help children understand what bipolar is, and the behaviors one has to deal with as a result of bipolar disorder.
Although most of these are written for children who have Bipolar, it is also a great resource for helping children cope with loved ones with Bipolar.
The Storm in my Brain
Artwork for this booklet was created by young people living with depression or bipolar disorder. These works were selected from over 100 entries to a national contest sponsored by DBSA and CABF. This is an easy to understand, colorful booklet that speaks to children about how it feels to have a mood disorder.   
Anger Mountain
Anger Mountain is a wonderful resource for children who struggle with “mountains” of anger. Written and illustrated in a style engaging for children, their parents and other caring adults, Anger Mountain provides children with hope, support, and strategies for coping.
Turbo Max A Story For Siblings Of Bipolar Children by Tracy Anglada For siblings (ages 8-12) of children with bipolar disorder. A boy’s summer diary describes his journey from confusion to understanding, from embarrassment to advocacy, from anger and guilt to acceptance of his sister’s illness.  
Matt the Moody Hermit Crab by Caroline C. McGee
Over the course of one school year, Matt undergoes the onset, diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder in this novel-length tale for kids 8-12. His story is dramatic, entertaining and sometimes humorous
My Bipolar Roller Coaster Feelings Book & Workbook by Bryna Hebert; illustrated by Hannah, Jessica, and Matthew Hebert. This colorful 32-page storybook is written from the perspective of Robert, a boy with bipolar disorder. Not only does Robert help us understand his strong emotions but he also shares with us the strategies his parents and doctor have taught him for coping with them. My Bipolar Roller Coaster Feelings Book is a wonderful resource for children with bipolar disorder, their parents, teachers and clinicians.
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   Posted 7/22/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I second Bipolar for Dummies :)

My therapist recently recommended "Mind Over Mood", which I'm really enjoying!

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   Posted 7/22/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you all so much, there are so many books out there, I was hoping to hear what had worked for some others

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   Posted 7/22/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Mind over Mood is excellent.

What was the one by Kay Jamison? Touched by Fire??? Something like that?

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   Posted 7/26/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
bipolar survival guide is GREAT


Unquiet Mind by Kaye Reddy Jamison...

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   Posted 7/26/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Touched by Fire was Jamison's book on 20th and 21st century artists believed to be bipolar- hence the title, "Touched with Fire"

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   Posted 7/26/2008 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
This is going to sound bad, but when I was first diagnosed my wife and I read many books on the subject. Maybe too many so then we stopped reading on it.

My point, mix in a few books that are not on the subject just to keep balance.

I see you are a cards fan. I recommend "You're Missin' a Great Game" by Whitey Herzog.
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   Posted 7/29/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide:What You and Your Family Need to Know by David Jay Miklowitz, c. 2002

That book was a very easy read.

Good Luck.

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