Mental Health Resources

A list of books, movies, and websites about bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and mental illness in general, that I hope will be helpful to you in your search for that distant solid ground

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Memoir #3

The Year of Magical Thinking - Wow - is the thought that came to mind as I finished reading this book. Though it is not about mental illness per se, rather about grief and mourning, it does speak to anyone who is dealing with a change that has devastated life as he/she knew it. And it is an excellent book, the best I have read this year. Joan Didion's memoir chronicles the year after her husband's death, a year that brings grief, not only for her husband, but also for her daughter who has fallen critically ill. This book is one that will speak to anyone who has went through unexpected hardship and touches on the human belief that there must be some way to go back, to alter what has happened. An excellent read!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Escape #1

Crocodile on the Sandbank - is the first of the Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters. In it readers are introduced to the strong, opinionated, energetic, fearless Amelia. A Victorian heiress , Amelia has the means and the will to embark on her own for a world tour. She gets as far as Egypt, where she finds her future husband, her future professions (archaeology and crime solving) and her home away from home. The twists and turns of this delightful mystery are both intriguing and hilarious. This is one of my favorite escapes - I can laugh and be amazed by Amelia's ability to handle any situation.

General Info #1

Bipolar Disorder for Dummies - is a simplistic, upbeat introduction to the disorder. The information is presented in a straightforward, understandable manner. However, if you are currently dealing with serious consequences of the disease, such as a suicide attempt, the casualness of the discussion can be a bit irritating. For me, the most helpful chapters are the ones covering alternative treatments and practical lifestyle changes that may improve a person's control of his/her moods.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Memoir #2

Darkness Visible - This is a short, but excellent memoir by well known author, William Styron detailing his descent into severe depression. He chronicles not only his own symptoms and suicidal thoughts, but also discusses other victims of this serious condition. The book leaves you, not only with an intimate look into the disease, but also with hope that one can recover.