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  • Provides “how to” details. Contains good consumer written articles.

Other Resources

There are a number of excellent books written for persons with a mental illness and their families to help them understand and deal with these illnesses. Many of these are helpful for professionals directly and all are important resources to which to refer patients and families. (See Reading List for Families.) Many of the professional and family books are offered at a discount by The National Alliance on Mental Illness, 200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1015, Arlington, VA 22203-3754. Phone: 703-524-7600.

Books on Mood Disorders (Bipolar and Unipolar Depression)

A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness by Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman, (Bantam, 1992)

  • Combines personal experience with clinical information to describe manic depression

in understandable terms and provide guidelines for coping with it.

Control Your Depression by Peter Lewinsohn, Ricardo Munoz, Mary Ann Youngren, and Antonette Zeiss, (Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1979)

  • Self-help book which assesses contributors to depression and includes activities, relaxation techniques, thinking, social skills, self-control, and specific ideas and exercises for each problem area.

The Depression Workbook by Mary Ellen Copeland, (Harbinger, 1992)

  • Assists individuals in taking responsibility for wellness by using charts and

techniques to track and control moods.

  • The most complete and useful self help book for bipolar and unipolar depressions.

The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns, (Penguin, New York, NY, 1989)

  • Self-help book presents rationale for cognitive therapy for depression.

  • Gives specific ideas and exercises to help change thought patterns associated with

depression and other problems.

Lithium and Manic Depression: A Guide by John Bohn and James Jefferson

  • A very helpful guide for people with manic depression and their families regarding lithium treatment.

  • Order from Lithium Information Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792.

Our Special Mom and Our Special Dad by Tootsie Sobkiewicz, (Pittsburgh: Children of Mentally Ill Parents, 1994 and 1996)

  • Two interactive storybooks that allow primary school age children to understand and

identify with the problems associated with having a mentally ill parent.

  • Can be well utilized by a relative or therapist in individual or group work.

Overcoming Depression, Third Edition by D. & J. Papolos, (Harper & Row, 1997)

  • A comprehensive book written for persons suffering from manic depression and

major depression, as well as their families.

  • The best source of information about these disorders.

  • Does not offer coping strategies.

  • This book and The Depression Workbook are the best two to read.

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