Archive for the ‘Book Reviews’ Category

Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artist Temperament.

Kay Jamison, 1996.
Mainly biographically based review of the link between artistic genius and creativity and Bipolar Disorder.

Bipolar Disorder. A Guide for Patients and Families.

Francis Mondimore, M.D. 1999.
Easy-to-understand primer with a nice, basic explanation of normal vs. abnormal mood states and subsequent overview of mania, depression, hypomania and bipolar subtypes. Goes on to review basic pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatments although it is now, somewhat dated on both. A good first read.

bp Magazine:

Quarterly magazine containing scientific and legislative news and
describing people, both famous and otherwise, with bipolar disorder.
1-866-672-3038 and website: http://www.bphope.com/

Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Collaborative Care Approach for Individuals and Families.

by Michael Otto, Noreen Reilly-Harringoton, Robert O. Knauz, Aude Henin, and Jane N. Kogan.  The book  contains information about bipolar disorder and its treatment, and also includes information on managing stress, poor communication, sleep, dysfunctional cognitions, and other psychosocial factors associated with increased risk of relapse. This workbook culminates in a treatment contract that helps patients and their support network identify symptoms and early action strategies for helping manage bipolar disorder; this contract is to be signed in collaboration with the treating clinician.