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When you educate yourself about Bipolar Disorder, treatment, and dealing effectively with loved ones whose logic is not always intact, you are in a much better position to advocate for them with the medical and legal professions, and to help them help themselves. These are some of the best books to help you do this.















You will find links below where you can order new or used copies.

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BOUNDARIES
by Henry Cloud

This is the first book you should read if your situation with your bipolar loved one is causing you much misery at the moment. As the article in the link above says, to help your loved one, you must first of all protect your own mental and physcial health. Your first order of business must be to learn to do that by establishing the firm boundaries for behavior that our loved ones often find so difficult to set for themselves. (There are a whole series of "Boundaries" books.) At Amazon you can read an excerpt.
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A MOOD APART
by Peter Whybrow

This is a great all-around book about everything having to do with Bipolar Disorder, for "beginners" as well as "advanced". It is non-technical and easy to read.

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MANIC DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS
by Kay Redfield Jamison

This tome is the classic "bible" of Bipolar Disorder, written for medical professionals, very technical, but just right for those of us who are committed to learning everything we can about this illness. Co-authored by a doctor who is bipolar. You can read an excerpt at Amazon.

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THE HURTING PARENT Help for Parents of Prodigal Sons and Daughters
by Margie Lewis

Reading this book marked a turning point in my relationship with my young adult child. It taught me HOW to communicate my unconditional love and acceptance, even if I did not accept certain behaviors. I thought I had been accepting, but this book opened my eyes. It made a huge difference! You can read an excerpt at Amazon.
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BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE - Why Some Kids Get into Trouble and What Parents Can Do About It
Stanton E. Samenow

If your child is out of control, you must read this book. There are early interventions that can prevent tragedy, but to do so we must accept that our children require it. Read an excerpt at Amazon.

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The Burden of Sympathy; How Families Cope with Mental Illness by David Karp (2001)



We Heard The Angels of Madness: A Family Guide to Coping With Manic Depression, by Diane and Lisa Berger (1991)



When Madness Comes Home: Help and Hope for the Families of the Mentally Ill, by Victoria Secunda (1997)



The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity, by: Mark Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut (1975)



An Unquiet Mind, by Kay Redfield Jamison, (1995)

This book is for parents and also for friends of prodigal sons and daughters everywhere. Margie Lewis encourages hurting parents by helping them understand their reactions and by providing them with survival strategies tested in the experiences of other parents who have known their pain.



















In the Pit: a Testimony of God's Faithfulness to a Bipolar Christian
Nancy L. Hagerman  More Info

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