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   Posted 6/29/2007 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
In the chat the other evening we discussed some good readings for the bipolar community. I though we could all share any books you have read and would reccomend (I lost the paper I wrote the ones down I was gonna get)
I have a hard time of getting any interest out of anything these days, with the exception of reading and reading about meds, stories online of other bipolars and what have you.
im a professional... on an amateur level !

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   Posted 6/29/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Sooper,
The one I mentioned was:
Bipolar Disorder Demystified
Mastering the Tightrope of Manic Depression
Written by Lana R. Castle.
I also read Bipolar for Dummies but it wasn't as good as the first one mentioned.
I really like the first book. I go through it all the time. It's 426 pages and it goes over pretty much everything. She also talks about her own struggle w/ Bipolar. It has good information on medications too, which I know you will appreciate.
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Taking Trileptal 300mg twice a day

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   Posted 6/29/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sooper,

The one I was talking about was "Surviving Manic Depression" by E. Fuller Torrey & Michael B. Knable.  I really rely on this book, it's great.

BP Chat night was great, much needed.


Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
--currently not on meds for bp--

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   Posted 6/29/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
This is a wonderful book: 

Kaiser, J.J. (2002). Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family. New York: The New Press.

The book talks about coping with mental illness from multiple perspectives.  A really great resource.

White Tulip

Bi-Polar; 675 mg Eskalith, 25 mg mellaril (same medications & dosage since 1984)




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   Posted 6/29/2007 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi All,

I am Kitt and while Olivia is gone I said I would stroll through and see if anyone need anything yeah ???

Remember the add on the right hand of this site has some suggestions and I believe that the site benefits from just looking at their site.

I am a huge fan of Amazon so I am a bit prejudiced.  It is so easy to order and they have everything.

Of course there is always the public library too and I use that a lot.

Please email me if something pops up that you need help with.

Thanks and hugs to all


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   Posted 6/30/2007 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I liked Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind. It's been around a while. You may have already read it. She's a psychiatry professor AND she's suffered from BP since she was young. It's an interesting read. She's written a few other books as well


olivia of course
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   Posted 7/1/2007 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm back!  yeah

All the books that are recommended are great, I probably read and own more than half of them.  They just don't tell you how the people suffered due to being bipolar.  But they tell you how they were able to survive the illness, and they are of real people.  They are good resource material.  I know for sure that they have copies of them in the local library.  Best wishes.

  • Why am I still Depressed?  Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipilar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder  ~ By Jim Phelps
  • The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide:What you and family need to know ~by David J. Miklowitz 

I added 2 more books to the list that come in handy.

~~~ Olivia  ~~~
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Post Edited (olivia of course) : 7/2/2007 12:18:45 AM (GMT-6)

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