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January 11, 2008

New Book on Treating Bipolar Disorder in Old Age

Two lead researchers in the area of geriatric bipolar disorder have written a book: Bipolar Disorder in Later Life, which is meant to help treat the increasing numbers of people afflicted with bipolar disorder in old age. The goal of the authors Martha Sajatovic from Case Western Reserve University and Frederic Blow from the University of Michigan, is to inform clinicians treating elderly bipolar disorder patients about new research in the field. For the book, Sajatovic and Blow asked for the participation of their peers in the field and according to a new review have produced a "... comprehensive, cohesive, Read more...
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December 13, 2007

New Book: Soul: The Treasury of Anne-Patrice

We want to announce a short book of poems published recently by Vantage Press, Inc. The book titled, Soul: The Treasury of Anne-Patrice, consists of poetry written by author Anne-Patrice Whaley-Tandy. Whaley-Tandy suffers from bipolar disorder and though her poetry in this book focuses on spirituality, she covers other subjects as well, including poems about her psychiatrist, psychologist and children. Here are a few excerpts: Nancy, Psychiatrist Though I've known her just a year I come to her with no fear because her questions pertain to not just how are you mentally, but where your life is leading actually. . Read more...
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December 11, 2007

Book: Manic-Depressive Illness, 2nd Ed.

Goodwin, Frederick K. and Jamison, Kay Redfield. Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press, USA. March 9, 2007 The long awaited Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression, Second Edition, by Frederick K. Goodwin and Kay Redfield Jamison is finally in stores. Technorati: manic+depression bipolar+disorder Read more...
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October 1, 2007

Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders (Including Bipolar Disorder)

There is an excellent book on treating and preventing adolescent (teen) mental health disorders - including bipolar disorder - that has been made available for everyone to read on the internet. The book is (in total) 800 pages long - with a lot of valuable information for mental health workers and students studying issues related to mental health. Parents and individuals who have bipolar disorder might also benefit from the book - though it is somewhat technical. The book was first published in 2005. Here is the information most relevant to Bipolar Disorder: Part I. Depression and Bipolar Disorder Chapter Read more...
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August 26, 2007

Growing Up with a Mentally Ill Mother - "Daughters of Madness", a New Book

Daughters of Madness is a new book on daughter's experiences of growing up with mentally ill mothers. The book is unique in that it includes an introduction on how children are affected by mentally ill parents and also covers the related research. The rest of the book is full of interviews, and personal stories of women who have experienced a mother suffering from mental illness. Although the book is about daughters and their mothers, anyone with a mentally ill parent or family member may find it beneficial. Susan Nathiel, the author, is an accomplished psychotherapist who is also a Read more...
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July 13, 2007

Documentary on Childhood Bipolar Disorder in the Works

Beyond Nuclear: Bipolar Children and Their Families is a new documentary looking at the rising issue of bipolar disorder in children, and the effects on the family. The documentary is in the process of being completed; they are continuing to gather expert interviews and personal stories. It is expected to be available later this year. Read more...
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January 9, 2007

New South Asian (India) Film on Bipolar Disorder

Two South Asian Muslim sisters have chosen to bring the taboo subject (in India and other parts of Asia) of bipolar disorder out of the closet in their first feature film with a universal message: "Acceptance, not rejection, helps in difficult situations." "Hiding Divya", written and directed by Rehana Mirza, produced by Rohi Mirza Pandya, and starring Madhur Jaffrey, Pooja Kumar and Deep Katdare, will debut at international film festivals this year. Earlier in 2006, the only Muslim sister filmmakers won an award from NBC Universal for their short film "Modern Day Arranged Marriage". In "Hiding Divya", her first feature Read more...
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January 5, 2007

New Book: Advances In Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

The American Journal of Psychiatry's book forum offers a short review of Advances in Treatment of Bipolar Disorder by Daniel P. Van Kammen, M.D., Ph.D. The book is composed of the latest research and clinical findings, as well as how to work with specific stages and types of the disorder, different groups experiencing the disorder (like women or adolescents), and the most current drug information. The book is edited by Terrence A. Ketter M.D., a professor at Stanford's School of Medicine. Its contributing authors are said to be some of the most knowledgeable and experienced researchers and clinicians on the Read more...
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October 25, 2006

Creative people or creative brains?

A review of the book "The Creating Brain: the Neuroscience of Genius" by the well-known psychiatry researcher Nancy Andreason was recently published in the UK medical journal "The Lancet". In the review Steven Rose notes that Dr. Andreason is "one of the developers of the US psychiatrists' bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and the author of some accessible books on the neuroscience of mental illness. Now, in keeping with the neurosciences' onward march into territory previously regarded as outside their terrain of competence, Andreasen has turned her attention from the mentally distressed to the mentally super-productive. Read more...
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October 21, 2006

Bipolar Disorder and Sleep

Excerpt The following is an excerpt from the book Bipolar II by Ronald R. Fieve, M.D. Published by Rodale; October 2006; $22.95US/$29.95CAN; ISBN 1-59486-224-9 Bipolar Disorder and Sleep "How many hours do you sleep on average at night, and what is the quality of your sleep?" are two of the first questions I ask every patient on the initial interview and all subsequent follow-up visits. While the hypomanic usually gloats over how little sleep he needs, getting by on 3 to 4 hours a night, the lack of quality sleep can wreak havoc on his mood and decision-making abilities. Sleep Read more...
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October 9, 2006

Book Review: Shifting Ground

In her recent autobiography, "Shifting Ground," Ruth McVeigh, documents the joy and the heartbreak of being married to an undiagnosed, unmedicated bipolar for 22 years. Read more...
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July 10, 2006

New Bipolar Novel, Written to Educate the Public, Dispel Myths

"The Province of Hope", by Mark Lee Kirchmeier, is a partly autobiographical novel about struggling with Bipolar Disorder. Kirchmeier felt that portrayal of Bipolar disorder in pop culture (television, films) was highly inaccurate and negative, which motivated him to write the book once he was able to manage his own illness with medication. "It's about some of the pitfalls people with this illness seem to get into, particularly his obsession with his first love, even though he's not treated particularly well," Kirchmeier said. "And there's not a reciprocality that there would be in a healthy relationship." Kirchmeier is an openly Read more...
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August 24, 2005

New Kids Book on Bipolar Disorder

A new childrens book has come out that gives kids a better understanding of bipolar disorder and how to deal with the knowledge of this disorder. The authors of the book are three women named Dr. Lisa Lewandowski, 35, Shannon M.B. Trost, 35, and Kimberly Shaw-Peterson, 31. They are in the process of trying to make sure that professionals, teachers, and parents have knowledge of its existence so that children can have access to it. The book is called "Darcy Daisy and the Firefly Festival" and was published in June of 2005. The setting of the book is in a Read more...
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August 11, 2005

New Book on Bipolar Disorder

Judy Eron, a Texas native and trained clinical social worker has recently written a book called, "What Goes Up: Surviving the Manic Episode of a Loved One." According to Eron, the book is based on her experiences with her husband, a man who at one time was a "kind and sincere psychologist," but after abruptly stopping his medication developed an inflated ego. Eron's husband who suffered from bipolar disorder had managed his disorder for nine years with the help of medication. When he stopped his medication, he experienced mania followed by depression. Eron says that there isn't enough of a Read more...
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July 20, 2005

Radio Program on Kids with BP

American RadioWorks is running an hour-long segment on the current situation of children with bipolar disorder. The program includes how to recognize if a child may have bipolar disorder, what the treatment options are, and how these children interact with their world. The host talks with various experts, and with children diagnosed with bipolar disorder and their families. Check with your local public radio station listings to see if they are airing this American RadioWorks documentary, or listen online to a streaming audio file archived on the American Radioworks website. Read more...
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July 12, 2005

Book Examines Family, Search for Treatment

Bebe Moore Campbell, author of the popular children's book "Sometimes my Mommy Gets Angry" explaining the difficulties of a bipolar parent, has just released a new novel that deals again with the difficulties of mental illness. In "72 Hour Hold", mom and main protagonist Keri Whitmore struggles to find adequate treatment for her teenage daughter Trina, who begins to show symptoms of bipolar disorder in her senior year of high school. In her quest, Keri encounters other parents in local support groups who are dealing with similar crises. Encouraged by one parent in particular, and frustrated with the inadequacies of Read more...
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July 6, 2005

Hypomania May Have Its Benefits

Psychiatrist John Gartner has an interesting outlook on hypomania, one that is much more positive than the average viewpoint. Gartner has a lot to say in his book "The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (a little) Craziness and (a lot of) Success in America." He believes that many of the most influential people in the past have been people who were actually hypomanic. Hypomania is the milder form of mania, different in that it usually does not interfere with one's functioning and does not result in hallucinations or delusions. Those with Bipolar II disorder alternate between depression and hypomania. Those Read more...
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March 30, 2005

Suzy Zeus Gets Organized

Suzy Zeus Gets Organized -- This new fictional book by Maggie Robbins is a semi-autobiographical novel of poems written over a period of 20 years, during which Maggie conquered her own bipolar depression Maggie Robbins's novel in verse tracks a blundering bombshell as she risks all, ricocheting from man to man, place to place, through a haze of sensuality, spirituality, serendipity, and psychosis. In its own singsong rhythm–the "crazy beat" of Suzy's unforgettable life–Suzy Zeus Gets Organized chronicles a furious odyssey from Astoria to Astroland–by way of such pit stops as Berlin, the Big Easy, Buddhism, Barbie, and the Bible–that Read more...
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February 18, 2005

Carrie Fisher story in top 10

"The Best Awful" a fictional book by Carrie Fischer has been voted as one of the top 10 audio books of 2004 by the Library Journal. In its recent issue, it states that in the Audio Book Fisher's "perfect" voice gives this story of bipolar disease "depth and resonance." It's the tale of a woman out of control, to whom the listener gives "full attention and in the end full admiration." S. & S. Audio. 4 cassettes. 5 hrs. ISBN 0-671-88538-3. $26. Source: Library Journal "The Best Awful" audio book may be purchased at and other Internet retailers. Read more...
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October 15, 2004

Noted Bipolar Author Publishes New Book

Kay Jamison, the well-known psychologist and author with bipolar disorder has published a new book titled "Exuberance". published a good interview with her last week - here is a short excerpt: "Over the last decade, psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison has become perhaps our foremost chronicler of the mind's darkest weather. In 1993 she published "Touched with Fire," her exploration of the relation between creative genius and manic depression, and followed that up in 1995 with "An Unquiet Mind," a memoir of her own struggle with the illness. "Night Falls Fast," her most recent book, studied suicide. So it might Read more...
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September 27, 2004

Jane Pauley's Book "Sky Writing" - #3 on Bestseller's List

According to the New York Times review of books, the new book: SKYWRITING, by Jane Pauley. (Random House, $25.95.) A memoir by the television personality chronicles her career, family life and recent struggle with bipolar disorder. is now #3 on the best seller's list, up from #5 last week, and the book has been on the list for a total of 5 weeks now. I haven't read the book yet - but the publicity that this type of book brings to the disorder is good news for better acceptance of it by the public at large, and better coverage for Read more...
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September 21, 2004

New Book: Heather's Rage: A Mother's Chronicle of Daughter's Journey of Mental Illness

A new book has just been released on Bipolar Disorder - the story of a Mother's experience in getting treatment for her 10 year old daughter. Following is a quote from the book's press release: "Imagine as a mother being forced to relinquish custody of your daughter in order for the child to receive the proper treatment for mental illness. Thats just what Omahan Leslie Byers did in 1996 when her daughter was 10 years old. In her newly published book, Heathers Rage, author Leslie Byers chronicles the years of frustration experienced as she and her husband struggled to find Read more...
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August 27, 2004

Jane Pauley's New Book on Her Bipolar Disorder

New Autobiography by "Today Show" Host Jane Pauley... TV CELEBRITY TELLS OF BATTLE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER The Hartford Courant reported today on Jane Pauley's new autobiography, including a lot of coverage of her bipolar disorder. The newspaper stated that: "In the world of celebrities, if Pauley wants to write a book about herself, she darn well better be tormented by demons. And it turns out she is. Pauley is now 53, not what they call young anymore in the youth-worshiping TV business. She's married to the handsome and similarly successful cartoonist Garry Trudeau, and they have three grown children who Read more...
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