I have been dealing with my mood disorder for a long time now and getting to the point of actually tackling my issues head on took quite a long time. The first thing I did was start reading as many book as I could and here are my Top 10 favorite books that helped me along the way.
Manic: A Memoir
Terri Cheney is a successful lawyer that is battling her debilitating bipolar disorder. Most her life she was concealing a pharmacy’s worth of prescription drugs meant to stabilize her moods and make her “normal.” As someone who struggles with bipolar, a non-clinical take on this disease with her shocking honesty was refreshing. I can also relate to having to hide my pills and keep face at the office and with my colleagues despite having a debilitating mood disorder.
Madness: A Bipolar Life
When I was diagnosed with Bipolar, I was never given enough resources to help deal with it. I “researched” the illness online and thought I knew a lot about it until this book proved me wrong. I learned that there’s more to the illness than just mania and depression. There’s anxiety, irritability, over stimulation, and I fully agree with the whole body/mind/lifestyle needing to be treated.
An Unquiet Mind
If you or anyone in your family lives with a mental illness, read this memoir. I could relate to her battle to keep up her career while keeping their mental illness a secret. Just like her/our illness, this book has many ups and downs.
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide
An excellent guideline for anyone who is diagnosed Bipolar. This book made me realize how many other people have the same experiences as me. I also like that the book discusses different perspectives – such as the doctor’s, the family’s, and the individual with the diagnosis.
Bipolar Disorder For Dummies
This book lacks in ways and performs in other. For one, I found it really interesting that around 25% of bipolar patients have anxiety disorders. Lithium in your blood levels and how to have a regular schedule for medication. If you are experiencing bipolar disorder or have someone who is, this guide to help you understand what is going on and how to deal with it. I especially appreciate the section on self-help strategies and psychotherapies.
Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder
A fantastic purchase. I learned a lot about my bipolar disease. I learned about my quirks and how to better handle them. Seeing my illness for what it is, a “disease,” is so much easier to wrap my brain and feelings around. The workbook format is great too.
Anxiety & Panic Workbook
This workbook is a wonderful resource for your toolkit to start living life to the fullest. The author, Jodi, speaks from experience and shares how she got her life back. She is a trained mental health professional and outlines everything step by step. This workbook makes you examine for what anxiety is costing you, provides sound information about fear, stress, and anxiety and weaves you through several helpful exercises to overcome anxiety. If you or someone you know suffers from anxiety, I highly recommend her workbook.
My Biggest Competitor
Amy was an Olympic athlete with a successful career.…until she wasn’t. She was in denial of the manic highs, and desperate lows. But Mental illness doesn’t care where you grew up, how smart you are, how many awards you’ve won, or how much money you make. It doesn’t discriminate. So, if you haven’t dealt with mental illness yet, you will at some point in your life. It may not be yourself, but a relative or friend or co-worker. A Must read. I also respect that she insists she is STILL recovering and taking it one day at a time.
This book is a university-tested introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy. It has fantastic CBT exercises that help me to identify my triggers and feel more in control of my moods, and less dependent on anxiety medications.
Mind Over Mood
This is an excellent book and holds some excellent self-help skills for mood disorders, such as depression and/or anxiety, in a very understandable way. The worksheets are easily accessible on the computer and excellent support for anybody struggling with depression or anxiety within a mild to moderate degree. I also like that the reader is referred to see a professional therapist if the problems in these areas are more severe than mild to moderate depression instead of being a know-it-all book.
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