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“BiPolar Survival Guide, What You and Your Family Need to Know” by David J. Miklowitz, PhD

Highly acclaimed. This excellent, practical book is one of the very best. You and your family will learn about acceptance, self-management, and recovery. Recommended by Dr. Jenifer Culver, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University

“Surviving Manic Depression, A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families and Providers” by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. and Michael B. Knable, D.O.

An excellent book summarizing bipolar disorder and the scientific and practical issues surrounding it. Extensive book reviews and resources are included.

“An Unquiet Mind” by Kay Redfield Jamison

This is the classic autobiography of bipolar disorder written by a professor of psychiatry who is herself bipolar. With breathtaking honesty Jamison tells of her own manic depression, the bitter costs of her illness, and its paradoxical benefits. This is one of the best scientific autobiographies ever written, a combination of clarity, truth, and insight into human character. And extraordinary read.

“Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness” by William Styron

A chilling account of his descent into, and recovery from, an almost suicidal depression by a Pulitzer prizewinning author. A national bestseller. It is out of print but you may order it. You may have to special order this.


“Noonday Demon: An atlas of Depression” by Andrew Solomon

A prizewinning book and rightly so. The fascinating, learned, and accessible way he presents depression is truly us. Huge recommendation for consumer or family member.

“Overcoming Depression” by Demitri F. Papolos, Janice Papolos

Good coverage of treatments and practical aspects of care for both unipolar and bipolar depression. It also includes a frank discussion of psychiatric therapy in the era of managed care.

“Don’t Panic” Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks by R. Reid Wilson, PhD.

This is a remarkably effective self help program for overcoming panic and coping with anxious fears. Recommended by Dr. Jenifer Culver, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University


“When Someone You Love Has a MENTAL ILLNESS, A Handbook for Family, Friends and Caregivers” by Rebecca Woolis, MFT

This book offers exciting and vital current information about recovery from mental illness and substance abuse while addressing short-term, daily problems of living. Long-term planning and care are also well presented. Recommended by NAMI.

“I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help!, A Practical Guide for Families and Therapists” by Xavier Amador with Anna-Lisa Johanson

The book offers a sensitive presentation of a practical, clinically sound, approach to getting a severely ill person to accept needed treatment. National Alliance on Mental Illness highly recommends it.


The Feeling Good Handbook” by David D. Burns, M.D.

This well regarded book talks about new techniques and exercises for coping and information on medications for bipolar, depression and anxiety disorders. Recommended by Dr. Jenifer Culver, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University

My Many Colored Days” by Dr. Suess

Written for children in a colorful and charming way he describes our moods and feelings to people of all ages. There are stunning, expressive paintings reflecting our emotional barometers. I recommend this inspirational book to all of you.



Lucid Interval Book List

NAMI Santa Clara County Book List and Book Reviews