Top Three Books for Understanding Bipolar Disorder

There are so many references out there, anyone should be able to understand the basics of Bipolar Disorder. The problem is finding quality resources, especially in formats that are easy to share. If you are looking for a way to understand yourself (or a loved one) better, try grabbing one of these books. They are each excellent resources in their own ways.

An Unquiet Mind book cover

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An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, is a raw autobiography, credited with being one of the best books to help families understand bipolar disorder. As a national bestseller, it has touched millions of people in the last fourteen years. As a psychiatrist, Jamison’s keen insight allows her to look in on herself, and celebrate the joys and pains of living inside her own brain.

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide book cover

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The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know by David J. Miklowitz is a step-by-step educational resource. Even those of us who have done our best to educate ourselves will find new inspiration and clarity while reading through the Survival Guide. Lauded by experts, this guide is a critical guide for anyone affected by Bipolar Disorder.

“A practical, straightforward book that will be a great help to those who have bipolar illness, as well as their families. I could not recommend this book more highly.”–Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, author of An Unquiet Mind

Marbles book cover

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Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney is an illustrated account of living with Bipolar Disorder. Forney has lived in many cultures, and worked in many fields (including a time spent as a call girl). Her snappy comics send messages home in a memorable and enjoyable way. Easy to read, hard to put down, Marbles is a great read.

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