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An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

  • A compelling and emotional account of the author’s awareness, denial, and

acceptance of her bipolar disorder.

  • Offers hope for recovery to anyone who reads it.

Books on Dual Diagnosis (Mental Illness and Substance Abuse)

Alcohol, Street Drugs, and Emotional Problems: What You Need to Know by B. Pepper and

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    • Informative pamphlets, come in versions for the client, for the family and for professionals.

    • Can be ordered from TIE Lines, 20 Squadron Blvd. Suite 400, New York, NY 10956.

Lives at Risk: Understanding and Treating Young People with Dual Disorders by B. Pepper and H. Rygelwicz

  • Poignant description of the combination of schizophrenia, mood disorders, and/or

personality disorders with substance abuse.

  • Strong on empathy and understanding of the multiple problems.

  • Provides little specific guidance.

Hazelden Publications. RW9 P.O. Box 176, Center City, MN 55012-0176 Phone 1-800-328- 9000. Publishes a large number of pamphlets and self-help books on substance abuse and dual diagnoses.

Examples of titles include:

  • Preventing Relapse Workbook .

  • Taking Care of Yourself: When a family member has a dual diagnosis .

  • Twelve Steps and Dual Disorders .

  • Understanding Schizophrenia and Addiction .

Books about Children who have a Mental Illness

Children and Adolescents with Mental Illness: A Parents Guide by E. McElroy, (Woodbine House, 1988)

  • Useful guide written by a psychologist who heads the NAMI Children’s and

Adolescent network.

Educational Rights of Children with Disorders: A Primer for Advocates by Center for Law and Education, (Cambridge 1991) Neurobiological Disorders in Children and Adolescents by E. Peschel, R. Peschel and C. Howe, (Oxford Press, 1992)

  • Biological mental illnesses among children are less common and less understood “family problems”.

  • Helps to define childhood neurobiological disorders and gives guidance for finding appropriate treatment.

Books on Special Topics

Planning for the Future and the Life Planning Workbook by L. Mark Russell and Arnold Grant, (American Publishing Company, 1995)

  • This book and accompanying workbook are guides for parents seeking to provide for the future security and happiness of an adult child with a disability following the parents’ deaths.

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