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There are a number of books available describing what mood disorders are, descriptions of the symptoms, discussions about the ever improving treatments, and how caregivers can help themselves and their loved ones who have mood disorders.

The books are listed in alphabetical order by author, and sometimes the books are linked to reviews provided by amazon.com.  We have included space for people who want to include short personal comments.

Most of the books are available in the Montgomery County Library system.  In cases where the books are not available from Montgomery County Library system, there are notations if they are available through the Virginia Library system or through NAMI Montgomery County.  The Montgomery County Library system can borrow books from other libraries. 

If you are just starting to read about mood disorders you might consider Jamison's "Unquiet Mind" (for bipolar) or Manning's "Undercurrents" (for depression) as a book to start with.  DePaulo's "Understanding Depression" would be the second book to read to understand more about the diseases and treatment options.  If someone you are concerned about does not recognize his illness, Amador's "I Am Not Sick I Don't Need Help" is a good reference.  If you are experiencing ups and downs, Podell's "Contagious Emotions" is a useful book.

Author Title Date Call Number Comments
Amador, Xaviour I am Not Sick I Don't Need Help 2000 362.2 A481i (VA)
Available from Enoch Pratt Library and NAMI MC
A practical book about how to work with people who do not understand that they are ill and refuse treatment.
American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (also known as DSM-IV) 1994 R 616.89 DIA Clear descriptions of diagnostic categories for clinicians.
Barondes, Samuel H. Better Than Prozac: Creating the Next Generation of Psychiatric Drugs 2003 616.852 BAR  
Barondes, Samuel H. Mood Genes: Hunting for Origins of Mania and Depression 1998 616l.895 BAR  
Beers, Clifford Whittingham A Mind That Found Itself: An Autobiography 1953 BB414B2  
Behrman, Andy Electroboy: a memoir of mania 2002 616.895 BEHRMAN  
Bourne, Edmund J. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook 2000    
Boyd, Julia A. Can I Get a Witness? Black Women and Depression 1999 616.8527 BOY  
Burns, David D., M.D. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy 1999 158.1 BUR Excellent description of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Burns, David D., M.D. Feeling Good Handbook 1999 158.1 BUR  
Carter, Rosalynn and Golant, Susan (Contributor) Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers 1998 616.89 CAR  
Casey, Nell (Editor) Unholy Ghost: Writers On Depression 2001    
Castle, Lana R. Bipolar Disorder Demystified: Mastering the Tightrope of Manic Depression 2003 616.895 CAS  
Copeland, Mary Ellen Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression 1992 616.8527 COP Updated in 2002
Court, Bryan L. Bipolar Puzzle Solution: A Mental Health Client's Perspective 1996 616.895 COU 187 answers to questions asked by support group members about living with manic depressive illness
Cronkite, Kathy On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations About Conquering Depression 1994 616.8527 CRO  
DePaulo, J. Raymond and Ablow, Keith Russell How to Cope with Depression: A Complete Guide for You and Your Family 1989    
DePaulo, J. Raymond, MD Understanding Depression: What We Know and What You Can Do About It 2002 616.8527 DEP Most recent book on the status of the treatment of depression by Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist. 
Donovan, Chares E., III Out of the Black Whole: The Patient's Guide to Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Depression
2005   Published by Wellness Publishers, LLC. 888-vagus88
Dowling, Colette You Mean I Donít Have to Feel That Way?  1993 NAMI MC  
Duke, Patty and Hochman, Gloria A Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness 1992 616.895 DUK  
Fast, Julie Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability   2004 616.895 FAS  
Fitzgerald, F.S. The Crack-Up 1945    
Golant, Mitch What to do When Someone You Love is Depressed? 1996 616.8527 GOL  
Goodwin, Frederick K. Manic Depressive Illness 1990 616.895 GOO  
Greenberg, Joanne I Never Promised You a Rose Garden 1964 FICTION  
Hedaya, Robert J.MD The Antidepressant Survival Guide: The Clinically Proven Program to Enhance the Benefits and Beat the Side Effects of Your Medication 2001 616.8527 HED  
Hornstein, Gail A. To Redeem One Person Is To Redeem The World: The Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann 2000 616.89 Life story of German-Jewish refugee analyst who did clinical work at Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville.
Jamison, Kay Redfield Exuberance: The Passion for Life 2004 152.42 JAM  
Jamison, Kay Redfield Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide 1999 616.85844 JAM  
Jamison, Kay Redfield Touched with Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament  1993 616.895 JAM  
Jamison, Kay Redfield An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
[Also available as taped book]
1995 616.895 JAMISON A psychologist describes her experience with manic depression.  An excellent introduction.
Kabat-Zinn, Jon Coming to our senses: healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness 2005 155.904 KAB  
Klein, Donald F., M.D. and Wender, Paul H., M.D. Understanding Depression:  A Complete Guide to Its Diagnosis & Treatment 1994 616.8527 KLE  
Kramer, Peter D. Listening to Prozac: A Psychiatrist Explores Antidepressant Drugs and the Remaking of the Self 1993 616.8527 KRA

Discussion of ethical issues in using medications to change peopleís personalities.

Lynch, John The Pain Behind the Mask: Overcoming Masculine Depression 1999 616.8527 LYN  
Manning, Martha Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface 1994 616.852 MAN A psychologist describes her experience with depression.  An excellent introduction.
Mondimore, Francis Mark Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents 2002 616.8527 MON  
Mondimore, Francis Mark Bipolar Disorder: a Guide for Patients and Families 1999 616.895 MON  
Mondimore, Francis Mark Depression: The Mood Disease (Rev. Ed.) 1993 616.8527 MON  
Morrison, Andrew The Antidepressant Sourcebook: A User's Guide for Patients and Families 1999 616.8527 MOR  
Olson, Bob Win the Battle: The 3 Step Lifesaving Formula to Conquer Depression and Bipolar Disorder 1999 616.895 OLS  
Oster, Gerald D. Helping Your Depressed Teenager: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers 1995 616.8527 OST  
Pauley, Jane Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue 2004 791.45028 PAULEY  
Papolos, Demitri F. The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder 1999 618.92895 PAP  
Podell, Ronald M. Contagious Emotions: Staying Well When Your Loved One Is Depressed 1992 616.8527 P742c Virginia Libraries; NAMI MC Helpful for people  experiencing the emotional ups and downs while living with someone who is depressed.
Pinsky, Drew Restoring Intimacy: The Patient's Guide to Maintaining Relationships During Depression 1999    
Raeburn, Paul Acquainted with the night: a parent's guide to understand depression and bipolar depression in his children 2004 618.928 RAE  
Rosen, Laura Epstein and Amador, Xavier Francisco When Someone You Love is Depressed: How to Help Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself 1996 616.8527 ROS  
Safer, Jeanne The Normal One: Life With a Difficult or Damaged Sibling 2002 158.24 SAF  
Schiller, Lori and Bennett, Amanda The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness 1996 616.8982 SCH  
Secunda, Victoria When Madness Comes Home: Help and Hope for the Children, Siblings, and Partners of the Mentally Ill 1997 362.2 SEC This book deals primarily with those whom the author calls the "other victims" - the siblings and offspring of the mentally ill person (the chapter on the special problems of spouses seems to be an afterthought).
Sheffield, Anne How You Can Survive When They're Depressed: Living and Coping with Depression Fallout 1998 616.8527 SHE  
Shenk, Joshua Wolf Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness 2005 B LINCOLN  
Shimberg, Elaine Fantle Depression: What Families Should Know 1992 616.8257 SHI  
Simon, Lizzie Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D 2002 616.895 SIMON  
Slater, Lauren Welcome to My Country: Journeys into the World of a Therapist and Her Patients 1997 616.89 SLA  
Slater, Lauren Prozac Diary 1999 616.89 SLA  
Solomon, Andrew The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression 2001 616.8527 SOL 2001 Non Fiction National Book Award
Stearns, A. Living Through Personal Crisis 1984 152.4S799L  
Steel, Danielle His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina 1998 616.895 STE  
Styron, William Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness 1990 B STYRON  
Thompson, Tracy The Beast: A Reckoning with Depression 1995 616.8527 THOMPSON  
Torrey, E. Fuller and  Knable, Michael B. Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers 2002 616.895 TOR  
Vonnegut, Mark The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity 1975 (2002) On Order (1/2005)  
Wagner-Martin, Linda Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: an American woman's life 2004 813.52 FITZGERALD  
Waltz, Mitzi Bipolar Disorders: A Guide to Helping Children and Adolescents 2000 616.92895 WAL  



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