The best books about bipolar disorder 📚

Browse the best books on bipolar disorder as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

By Kay Redfield Jamison

Why this book?

Jamison writes about bipolar disorder as a professor of psychiatry and as a person who suffers from the illness. This dual vision allows us to see the disorder in multifaceted ways. Jamison is particularly adept at explaining why bipolar sufferers are so tragically prone to attempt and commit suicide. I suffer from Bipolar 2 Disorder with mixed features, meaning that I can be depressed and manic at the same time. This is a dangerous combination. A depressed person is more likely to have suicidal ideation and a manic person has enough energy to make suicidal plans and carry them out.…
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Book cover of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding & Helping Your Partner

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding & Helping Your Partner

By Julie A. Fast, John D. Preston

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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As A Man Thinketh

By James Allen

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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Book cover of Madness: A Bipolar Life

Madness: A Bipolar Life

By Marya Hornbacher

Why this book?

This is quite simply the best memoir about bipolar disorder that I've ever read. It's a beautifully written epic that details the ways in which bipolar disorder can lead to eating disorders, substance abuse, and self-mutilation. Hornbacher writes non-fiction like a poet. Like Hornbacher, I've spent weeks in residential mental health care treatment. And she writes so compellingly about the fear and rage inherent during hospital stays and also about the joy of emerging from treatment as a healthier and more hopeful person.
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Book cover of The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know

By David J. Miklowitz

Why this book?

This is the most concise and clear overview of bipolar disorder and the ways it which affects everybody around the identified patient. It also gives a great introduction into all the ways in which various forms of therapy and medication can help a bipolar person navigate the confusing and unpredictable symptoms of the illness.

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Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness

By Suzy Favor Hamilton

Why this book?

This is the memoir of a world-famous Olympic athlete who also lived a secret life as an elite sex worker in Las Vegas. Hamilton is brutally honest about one of the most distressing and dangerous symptoms of bipolar disorder: hypersexuality. After her secret was made public Hamilton could have retreated into shamed silence but she instead chose to reveal all that she'd learned about the link between her bipolar mania and sexual impulsivity. This is a courageous book.

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