For Children

Anglada, T. ( 2004). Brandon & the Bipolar Bear.  Victoria, BC, Canada: Trafford Publishing.  A storybook about a young boy newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), (2003). The Storm in My Brain. Evanston, IL: CABF. An informational booklet that provides basic information about childhood bipolar disorder. Also available at  

Dubuque, N. & S. (1996). Kid Power Tactics for Dealing with Depression. King of Prussia, PA: Center for Applied Psychology. Written by an 11 year old boy with depression and his mother, includes 15 strategies to deal with depression.  

Hebert B. (2001) My Bipolar, Roller Coaster, Feelings Book & Workbook. Murdock, FL: BP Children. A storybook about a young boy diagnosed with bipolar disorder and accompanying workbook to help children better understand bipolar disorder.  

Hebert B., (2005). Anger Mountain. Murdock, FL:  BPChildren.  A short story to help young children understand and deal with angry feelings.  

McGee, C. (2002), Matt, The Moody Hermit Crab. Nashville, TN: McGee & Woods. . A chapter book designed for 8-12 year olds that portrays the depressive and manic phases of bipolar disorder.  

For Adolescents

Calhoun, D. (2005). The Phoenix Dance. New York:Farrar, Straus & Giroux.  Fiction based on the Grimms’ Twelve Dancing Princesses, explores the experience of bipolar disorder in an adolescent girl.Cobain. B. (1998).  When Nothing Matters Anymore:  A Survival Guide for Depressed Teen.  Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. A two-part book that describes depression and its treatment strategies.  

Copeland M. E. & Copans, S. (2002). Recovering from Depression: A Workbook for Teens. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.   A workbook to help adolescents understand depression and learn coping strategies.  

Irwin, C. (1998). Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression & Won…& How You Can, Too. New York: Random House. Written and illustrated by a young adult, describes depression, its impact on loved ones, and steps to recovery.  

Jamieson, P.E. & Rynn, M.A. (2006). Mind Race: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Bipolar Disorder. New York: Oxford University Press.  Autobiography interwoven with facts about bipolar disorder and its treatment.  

 For Parents

Anglada, T. (2006). Intense Minds. , Victoria, BC, Canada: Trafford Publishing. A collection of personal reflections by adolescents and young adults describing the experience of mania and depression.Anglada, T. & Hakala, S.M.  (2008, The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book Naperville, IL:  Sourcebooks, Inc., Written in question-and-answer format by the parent of two children with bipolar disorder and a psychiatrist who treats mood disordered children.  

Birmaher, B. (2000). New Hope for Children & Teens with Bipolar Disorder., New York: Three Rivers Press. Provides information about bipolar disorder and its treatment.  

Dubuque, S. (1996). A Parent’s Survival Guide to Childhood Depression.  Center for Applied Psychology, King of Prussia, PA. Describes depression in children and coping strategies.   

Fristad, M.A. &  Goldberg-Arnold, J.S. (2004). Raising a Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder. New York: Guilford Press. .Describes the diagnosis, professional treatment, and relevant coping strategies for a mood disordered child and his or her family.  

Koplewicz, H. (1997). It’s Nobody’s Fault. New York: Three Rivers Press. Describes 13 common psychiatric disorders in children, outlines the diagnostic and treatment process in a no-fault manner.  

Miklowitz, D.J. & George, E.L. (2007). The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family. New York: Guilford Press. Describes the diagnosis, professional treatment, and relevant coping strategies for adolescents with bipolar disorder and their families.

Papalos. D. & J. (2007).  The Bipolar Child.  New York: Broadway Books. . Provides a compendium of information on bipolar disorder and its treatment in youth.  

Wilens, T. (2008). Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medications for Kids. New York: Guilford Press. An educational guide that outlines diagnosis, treatment and medication strategies for a variety of childhood disorders  

For Adults with Mood Disorders and Their Families

Beardslee, W. (2002). Out of the Darkened Room: Protecting the Children and Strengthening the Family When a Parent is Depressed. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, Inc. . Describes depression and its treatment in adults, and how to prevent secondary damage in children.Copeland, M. E. (1994). Living Without Depression & Manic Depression. Oakland, CA: , New Harbinger Publications. A workbook that provides coping strategies to minimize impact of illness on life.  

Jamison, K. R. (1995). An Unquiet Mind.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf. An autobiography that discusses stigma, experiences of depression and mania, and the critical role of medication and psychotherapy in managing the illness.  

Last, C. (2009). When Someone You Love Is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner.  New York: Guilford Press. A psychologist with bipolar disorder uses personal and professional experience to provide guidance on maintaining relationships through the challenges of bipolar disorder.

McKay, M., Davis, M. & Fannin, P. (1998). Thoughts & Feelings:  Taking Control of Your Moods & Your Life.  Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications. A handbook of cognitive-behavioral strategies to improve mood and functioning.  

McManamy,  J. (2006). Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder.  New York: HarperCollins. Describes differential diagnosis, impact of bipolar disorder on relationships, and treatment/coping strategies.  

Miklowitz, D.J. (2010). The Bipolar Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know, 2nd ed.   New York: Guilford Press. A guide to understanding bipolar disorder and its treatment.  

Rosenthal, N.E. (2006) Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder- What it is and How to Overcome It, revised ed. New York: Guilford Press. Describes seasonal affective disorder and its treatment, including light therapy and medication.   

General Parenting

Faber A. & Mazlish E. (1999). How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. New York: Avon Books. Cartoons, illustrations and exercises are used to provide guidance on communication strategies.Greene, R. (2005). The Explosive Child.  New York: Harper. Describes a strategy to lessen hostility and noncompliance in parent-child interactions.  

Seligman, M. (1996). The Optimistic Child. New York: Harper Perennial. Provides strategies to promote self-esteem in children and discusses the importance of optimism in reducing the threat of depression.  

Sibling Issues

Faber, A. &. Mazlish, E. (1998). Siblings Without Rivalry. New York: Avon Books..Stories and illustrations are used to exemplify ways to improve sibling relationships.Anglada, T. (2001). Turbo Max: A Story For Siblings of Bipolar Children. Murdock, FL: BPChildren. Story for 8-12 year olds written as a boy’s summer diary about his sibling with bipolar disorder and how he comes to acceptance.  


Amador,  X.  & Johanson, A.L (2000).I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!   Peconic, NY:.Vida Press.  Guides family members in assisting a loved one to accept the need for treatment. 

Rosenthal, M.S. (2000). The Thyroid Sourcebook. Los Angeles, CA: Lowell House. . Describes thyroid disorders and their nutritional and pharmacologic treatments.

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