Crash Course in Bipolar Disorder

What is it like to experience manic or depressive episodes?  Read on…

  1. BP magazine at
  2. Dr. Jay Carter and Bobbi Dempsey’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder.
  3. Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison’s memoir An Unquiet Mind offers the unique perspective of a clinical psychologist, scholar, and author who has treated bipolar patients and who has been one herself.
  4., “Recovery starts with knowledge… My name is John McManamy. I am an award-winning mental health journalist and author… Here, you will find 200 articles (plus videos) that will give you greater insight into your thoughts and feelings and behaviors and help you make your own choices in getting well and staying well.”
  5. Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar portrays the progressive negative thinking and alienation of a young woman slipping deeper and deeper into depression and eventually psychosis. At times darkly humorous, the protagonist’s case for attempting suicide seems almost logical.
  6. Dr. Sarah Russell’s A Lifelong Journey: Staying Well with Manic Depression / Bipolar Disorder, is authored by and contains interviews from healthy, productive individuals who have achieved long-term remission. Most pursue a holistic approach to treatment that encompasses physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual remedies.

Often those who experience chronic depression or bipolar disorder also struggle with addiction whether it is food, drugs, alcohol, sex, unhealthy relationships, electronics, or whatever. Although neither of the following memoirs of addiction discusses bipolar disorder, they offer tremendous insight into the mind and soul of an addict and into the recovery process.

Many of the tools of recovery can be applied to maintaining remission from bipolar disorder.

  1. Cupcake Brown’s A Piece of Cake. Sixth-grade dropout, drug addict, sometime prostitute, and graduate of juvenile hall and several gangs, Cupcake Brown begrudgingly finds recovery and eventually embraces the process and ever so slowly transforms herself into a prominent attorney.
  2. Mark Gavreau Judge’s Wasted:  Tales of A Gen X Drunk is a fun read that offers the wisdom of someone who has been through recovery and some solid research on the biochemistry of alcoholism (as does


Filed under Mental Health and Addiction

3 responses to “Crash Course in Bipolar Disorder

  1. Candida Abrahamson PhD

    This is a helpful compilation of resources–thank you. I’m either going to link to them on my blog at, or on a squidoo lens I’m working on regarding mood disorders–or both! See what you get back. Best, Candida

  2. Pingback: Flying–Then Crying: Life In The Bipolar Cycle | candidaabrahamson

  3. Candida Abrahamson PhD

    Yup–thought it was good enough to link you to both. Thanks for your work, and hope it gets you some increased traffic. [Site I used on blog was; Squidoo still a work in progress.] CA

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