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The List Of Mood Disorder Books You Need In Your Life

From mania to depression, these books cover it all!

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1. "Boy Meets Depression" by Kevin Breel

After gaining fame for his honest TED talk on his own depression and suicidal ideation, he wrote this book about adolescent depression. It is oddly funny and insightful. I loved it.

2. "An Unquiet Mind" By Kay Jamison

Yes, it is written by a world-renowned bipolar disorder researcher and clinical psychologist, but don't think of this as academic literature. It is a beautiful autobiography of a battle with bipolar disorder: the crippling depression and the addictive manic highs.

3. "Marbles" by Ellen Forney

This is a rather creative, artistic approach to a mental health autobiography: a comic book on her bipolar disorder! I love the pictures, the story, the humor... everything!

4. "The Noonday Demon" by Andrew Solomon

Now, not going to lie: this book is HUGE. This is literally everything about depression, from its historical beginnings in medicine to current treatment approaches to patient accounts which show how depression destroys lives. It is full of educational material, but also hope.

5. "Manic-Depressive [Bipolar Disorder] Illness" by Goodwin & Jamison

Okay, yes, this is a textbook... BUT, there are 2 volumes and it answers pretty much any question you could ever have about bipolar disorder and recurrent depression. Also, Kay Jamison, so, it's lovely.

6. "This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son" by Charlotte Pierce-Baker

This is a mother's view of her son's struggle with depression, mania, and substance abuse, everything from denial of illness to rehab to relapses in both mood and addiction.

7. "Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire" by Kay Jamison

I'm not even a fan of biographies, but this one is so interesting and well-written that I was hooked. If you like bipolar disorder or medicine or clinical psychology, this is for you.

8. "Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things" by Jenny Lawson

"The Bloggess" has made an art of combining the impossible: an honest portrayal of comorbid mental illnesses (anxiety, depression, self harm, severe social anxiety... quite a few) with humor. Her book will keep you laughing all night long!

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