The Best Books About Bipolar Disorder

Dave Mowry Author Of OMG That's Me!: Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and More...
By Dave Mowry

The Books I Picked & Why

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

By Kay Redfield Jamison

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Why this book?

I love that Jameson writes from both the perspective of living with bipolar disorder, and as a scientist and professor. Her story is true and relatable. When seeking to learn about bipolar disorder, An Unquiet Mind is the place to start. Jameson was one of the first people to shatter the stigma against bipolar disorder.


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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

By William Styron

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

Why this book?

Darkness Visible is a work of great personal courage. This bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression.

I read this book in 1996 in the depths of my deepest depression. We had lost our home, were homeless, in debt, just out of the hospital, and in the beginnings of my lost years. Styron’s descriptions of his fight with depression described the darkness of my life. I drew strength from this book. I realized I was not alone, and that made all the difference.


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Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding & Helping Your Partner

By Julie A. Fast, John D. Preston

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding & Helping Your Partner

Why this book?

This is the second book about bipolar disorder that my wife read on her journey of understanding this illness. Family members of people with bipolar disorder are usually left in the dark. Loving Someone brings light and hope to the loved ones of people with bipolar disorder.


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As A Man Thinketh

By James Allen

As A Man Thinketh

Why this book?

Originally published in 1903, James Allen’s As A Man Thinketh is a change of pace. It reveals the fundamental truth of human nature: “A man is literally what he thinks.” Allen’s deceptively simple principle has changed the lives of millions of readers, making As A Man Thinketh a classic bestseller for a century. This book gives one a path out of the depths of bipolar disorder. This little book is a treasure.


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Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding & Helping Your Partner

By Julie A. Fast, John D. Preston

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding & Helping Your Partner

Why this book?

In this book, Julie tells her story of living with bipolar disorder. She also shares some tools to help during the dark days. I started the OMG That’s Me! series so folks living with bipolar disorder will know they are not alone and that there is hope. Julie communicates this masterfully.


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