Books about Bipolar disorder and Depression in english!
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The library is located at the National Confederation's Office, at St. Göran Hospital.

Here you will find current non-fiction books and novels dealing with affective disorders.

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Here are some of the books we have in Balans library

Touched with Fire
av Kay Redfield Jamison
The anguished and volatile intensity associated with the artistic temperament was once thought to be a symptom of genius or eccentricity peculiar to artists, writers and musicians. Kay Jamison's work, based on her study as a clinical psychologist and researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists subject to exalted highs and despairing lows were in fact engaged in a struggle with clinically identifiable manic-depressive illness. Jamison presents proof of the biological foundations of this disease and applies what is known about the illness to the lives and works of some of the world's greatest artists including Byron, Van Gogh, Schumann and Woolf.


Treating Bipolar DisorderA Clinician's Guide to Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy

av Ellen Frank

“Valuable to clinicians with varied levels of expertise....Useful for seasoned practitioners who wish to expand their repertoire of treatment skills for bipolar disorder to stabilization of social rhythms.”

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews

“Ellen Frank's manual is an important contribution to the treatment of bipolar disorder. It clearly articulates the nature of the illness, how best to conceptualize the role of psychotherapy in a condition whose origins and treatments are primarily biological, how to assess the goals of therapy for an individual patient, and the specifics of utilizing IPSRT. This book is a welcome addition to the field.”

—Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Lithium Treament of Mood Disorders

A Practical Guide

'This book had to be written … the language is simple layman’s English, easy to understand and assimilate. This book is thus likely to become required reading for all who have to do with lithium - patients and carers alike. The notes on lithium, pregnancy, and breast feeding are particularly well done.'
British Journal of Psychiatry

'Enthusiastically recommended for patients, their families and physicians.'
International Drug Therapy Newsletter

New – 6th, revised edition
A Karger 'Publishing Highlights 1890–2015' title

When used correctly, lithium unquestionably produces the most dramatic benefits of any medication used in psychiatry. The aim of this practical guide is to provide patients and their families with up-to-date information about the correct use of lithium - essential knowledge they will require. A special and very important chapter deals with lithium’s unique antisuicidal effect.
When treated with lithium properly, most patients experience nothing unpleasant, but lithium has a potential to induce adverse effects. A patient who takes lithium without adequate instruction can thus run into trouble, just as a physician who is not well trained in its use.
Authored by a renowned expert on lithium treatment, this book grew out of enormous experience and out of conviction that a well-informed patient is a critical element in effective and safe lithium treatment. In non-technical language, this guide is a complete information source for manic-depressive patients, their families and the doctors and nurses concerned with their care.

The mindful Way through Depression. Freeing Yourseflf from Chronic Unhappiness.

av Williams, Teasdale, Segal, Kabat-Zinn

The Mindful Way through Depression draws on the collective wisdom of four internationally renowned cognitive therapy and mindfulness experts, including bestselling author Jon Kabat-Zinn, to help you break the mental habits that can lead to despair. This authoritative, easy-to-use self-help program is based on methods clinically proven to reduce the recurrence of chronic unhappiness. Informative chapters reveal the hidden psychological mechanisms that cause depression and demonstrate powerful ways to strengthen your resilience in the face of life's misfortunes. Kabat-Zinn lends his calm, familiar voice to the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone looking to regain a sense of balance and contentment.

Bipolar Affective Disorder. Etiology and Treatment

av Jörg Walden, Heinz Grunze

The Gift of Depression: Twenty-one inspirational stories sharing experience, strength, and hope. Together we will end the stigma. Paperback – March 15, 2001

by John F. Brown

This book series is intended to enlighten the world about people living with depression. Its main objective is to remove the public stigma keeping tens of millions of sufferers from seeking treatment for this illness. We believe if people read about what actually has happened in the lives of those with a mental illness, it will dispel their fears and ultimately end the stigma. After all, most of our reactions to life are nothing more than learned behaviors and habits. We hope, by reading this book and the series to follow, you will change your attitudes and interactions toward the mentally ill. Its that simple.

Moab is my Washpot

by Stephen Fry

A number one bestseller in Britain, Stephen Fry's astonishingly frank, funny, wise memoir is the book that his fans everywhere have been waiting for. Since his PBS television debut in the Blackadder series, the American profile of this multitalented writer, actor and comedian has grown steadily, especially in the wake of his title role in the film Wilde, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and his supporting role in A Civil Action.
Fry has already given readers a taste of his tumultuous adolescence in his autobiographical first novel, The Liar, and now he reveals the equally tumultuous life that inspired it. Sent to boarding school at the age of seven, he survived beatings, misery, love affairs, carnal violation, expulsion, attempted suicide, criminal conviction and imprisonment to emerge, at the age of eighteen, ready to start over in a world in which he had always felt a stranger. One of very few Cambridge University graduates to have been imprisoned prior to his freshman year, Fry is a brilliantly idiosyncratic character who continues to attract controversy, empathy and real devotion.

Moral Disorder and Other Stories

by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is acknowledged as one of the foremost writers of our time. In Moral Disorder she has created a series of interconnected stories that trace the course of a life and also the lives intertwined with it--those of parents, of siblings, of children, of friends, of enemies, of teachers, and even of animals. As in a photograph album, time is measured in sharp, clearly observed moments. The '30s, the '40s, the '50s, the '60s, the '70s, the '80s, the '90s, and the present --all are here. The settings vary: large cities, suburbs, farms, northern forests.

Wishful Drinking
by Carrie Fisher

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Warswhen only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabres." Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction and weathering the wild ride of manic depression. It's an incredible tale - from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, to marrying (and divorcing) Paul Simon, and from having the father of her daughter leave her for a man, to ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.