The Reading Room


Education about an illness is power! The more you learn about your illness, the better off you will be.  Don't be afraid to ask your health professional or psychisian/psychiatrist questions. There is no such thing as a "dumb" question!

Here is a selection of books that I have read and some that have been recommended to me. The subject matters are primarily about depression or manic depression. Many of these books may be found at your local library. If you would like to purchase or read a description about these books go to  Use the "book search" feature to find the book you are interested in.



Agents in My Brain : How I Survived Manic Depression: Bill Hannon Published by Library Pr (Open Court) May 1997

The Bell Jar: Sylvia Plath Published by Bantam Books August 1, 1983

The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reasurring Guide To Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder-Third Edition by Demitri Md Papolos and Janice Papolos  Broadway Books (A Division of Random House) Oct 2, 2007

Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families:  Francis Mark Mondimore M.D. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr Second Edition 2006

Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with up-to-Date Answers: by Wes Burgess, MD Ph.D Published by Penguin Group 2006

Brilliant Madness : Living With Manic-Depressive Illness: Patty Duke, Gloria Hochman Published
by Bantam Books June 1, 1993

Burn: A Bipolar Memoir: Shane Feldman Published By Trafford Publishing 2004

Call Me Anna:The Autobiography of Patty Duke Patty Duke, Kenneth Turan Published byBantam Books
Revised edition November 1990

Children of Jonah: Personal Stories by Survivors of Suicide Attempts James T. Clemons Published by Capital Books, Inc 2001

Darkness Visible:A Memoir of Madness: William Styron Published by Vintage Books January 1992

Detour : My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D Lizzie Simon Published By Atria Books 2002

The Depression Workbook: A Guide to Living With Depression and Manic Depression: Mary Ellen Copeland, Wayne London Published by New Harbinger Pubns September 1992

God Head: Scott Zwiren Published by Dalkey Archive Pr 1996

Electroboy: A Memior of Mania: Andy Behrman Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks 2002

A History of Psychiatry:From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac: Edward Shorter Published by John Wiley & Sons January 1997

Living With Someone Who's Living With Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers: Chelsea Lowe and Bruce M. Cohen, M.D., PhD Published by Jossey-Bass 2010

Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder:Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston Published By New Harbinger Publications, Inc Feb 2004

Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher Publihsed By Houghton Mifflin Company April 9, 2008

Manic: A Memoir by Terri Cheney Published By HarperCollins Publishers  February 5, 2008

Manic Depressive Illness: Frederick K. Goodwin Kay Redfield Jamison Published by Oxford Univ Press Revised April 2007

Running With Scissors: By Augusten Burroughs Published By St. Martin's Press June 2003 (Also a Movie)

Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson:Published by Tor Books April 1995

Sights Unseen: Fiction  Kaye Gibbons  Published by Avon Books 1995

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know David J. Miklowitz Published by  The Guilford Press 2002

Touched With Fire:Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament: Kay Redfield Jamison Published by Free Pr October 1996

Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface: Martha Manning Published by Harper San Francisco March 1996
(about ECT)

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Maddness: Kay Redfield Jamison Published by Knopf September 1995

We Heard the Angels of Madness: A Family Guide to Coping with Manic Depression: by Diane Berger, Lisa Berger, Diane Bergerm, Alexander Vuckovic Published by Quill June1992

When Someone You Love Is Depressed : How to Help Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself: Laura Epstein Rosen, Xavier F. Amador Published by Free Pr September 1996

The Years Of Silence are Past: My Father's Life With Biplar Disorder: by Stephen P. Hinshawd Kay Redfield Jamison Cambridge University Press 2002

You Are Not Alone: Words of Experience and Hope for the Journey Through Depression: Julia Thorne, Larry Rothstein (Contributor) Published 1993

Voices Of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion of Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength:
Richard Day Gore, Editor, Juliann Garey, Editor LeChance Publishing LLC 2010



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