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The Bipolar Bear Family: When a Parent Has Bipolar Disorder. Angela Ann Holloway, $28.95

The Bipolar Bear Family is a story about a young cub who struggles to understand his mother’s behavior and her subsequent diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. The story helps children of bipolar parents address such questions as:

  • Is this my fault?
  • Is it contagious?
  • Can I fix it?

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, Bipolar Disorder affects more than 2 million American adults.  Further, we know that the dynamics of Mental Illness closely mirror the dynamics of alcoholism and addiction in its impact on the family system.  By compassionately educating parents and children, the author hopes to make a life-long difference for these courageous families.


The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder, 3rd Edition. Demitri Papolos & Janice Papolos. $23.99

Early-onset bipolar disorder is now considered to be much more common than ever imagined. Yet the illness is often misdiagnosed or overlooked and these kids may be given any number of psychiatric labels: 'ADHD,' 'depressed,' 'Oppositional Defiant Disorder,' 'Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,' or 'Separation Anxiety Disorder' and in consequence are inappropriately treated.  

Drawing upon recent advances in the fields of neuroscience and genetics, the Papoloses comprehensively detail the diagnosis, tell how to find good treatment and medications, and discuss behavioural strategies and advocacy issues.


The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Ned to Know, 2nd Edition. David Miklowitz, $26.95

Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward reclaiming your life from bipolar disorder. But if you or someone you love is struggling with the frantic highs and crushing lows of this illness, there are still many hurdles to surmount at home, at work, and in daily life. You need current information and practical problem-solving advice you can count on. If you have a family member with bipolar disorder, how can you provide constructive help and support?

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide offers straight talk, true stories, and proven strategies that can help you achieve greater balance and free yourself from out-of-control moods. The updated second edition of this bestselling guide has the latest facts on medications and therapy, an expanded discussion of parenting issues for bipolar adults, and a new chapter, "For Women Only."

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Bi-Polar Girl: an Irreverent Look at Bipolar Disorder. Gabrielle Blackman-Sheppard, $19.95

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe and they can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance and even suicide. But Bipolar can be treated and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.

This book is born out of Gabrielle's personal story with Bipolar II. In an easy-to-read format and fully illustrated, it is a warm-hearted support for those who are going through the worst of Bipolar and it gives an understanding in broad terms to family and friends as to what goes on in "Bipolar land."

The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers. Wes Burgess, $19.50

Drawing upon the real questions asked by patients and families during his nearly twenty years as a bipolar specialist, Wes Burgess comprehensively tackles every area of the disorder. The Bipolar Handbook answers questions regarding the causes and treatment; strategies for creating a healthy lifestyle; as well as the prevention of, coping with, and treatment of bipolar episodes. Dr. Burgess also addresses unique lifestyle concerns facing bipolar individuals.


Bipolar Kids: Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm. Rosalie Greenberg, $19.99

Once considered an adult illness, bipolar disorder in children often it goes misdiagnosed, and children can be prescribed medication that only worsens the condition. Child psychiatrist Rosalie Greenberg offers families practical and reassuring advice for anyone struggling to help a child locate that elusive inner calm. With a revolutionary approach that sees the brilliance, the sweetness, the creativity in these kids, Dr. Greenberg opens a window onto these misunderstood children. She takes the reader through the different scenarios that may occur with bipolar kids, from daring manic phases to sudden periods of overwhelming sadness. She spells out the "whys" behind the condition; shows parents how best to navigate the peaks and valleys of bipolar; and provides parents with the assurance that they need not tackle this illness alone. Most important, she encourages adults to listen to what children say through the maze of their mania and depression, for this can make all the difference in diagnosing and successfully managing bipolar. Bipolar Kids offers parents much-needed understanding, guidance and hope.

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Bipolar, Not So Much: Understanding Your Mood Swings and Depression. Chris Aiken & James Phelps, $29.95

Depression confuses the mind, strips away hope, and causes people to blame themselves for an illness they never asked for. This book presents a revolutionary new understanding of the concept of depression and offers readers skills and strategies to manage it.  

No longer is this a one-size-fits-all diagnosis, and antidepressants are no longer the one-size-fits-all treatment. Mood disorders are now seen to form a spectrum of problems, from common depression on one end to full bipolar disorder on the other. In between these extremes are multitudes of people who are on the middle of the mood spectrum, and this book is for them.

The first part of the book helps readers answer the question, “Where am I on the mood spectrum?” By laying the foundation for understanding this spectrum, Aiken and Phelps highlight the key distinctions that define unipolarity, bipolarity, hypomania, mania, and depression. Readers will be able to discern which definition best fits their experience, and use this understanding to learn which treatment methods will work best.  The authors also empower readers to look beyond antidepressants. They walk readers through new medications for the mood spectrum, and offer a guide to non-medication treatments that anyone can use on their own, from diet and lifestyle changes to natural supplements. The book also discusses other innovative technologies that can aid in recovery, including dawn simulators, mood apps, and blue-light filters.      

This thoughtful and beneficial book will offer readers skills and strategies, as well as hope, in the face of debilitating mental challenges.


Bipolar and Pregnant: How to Manage and Succeed in Planning and Parenting While Living with Manic Depression. Kristin Finn, $22.95

Kristin Finn was diagnosed with manic depression as a teenager. Upon deciding to become pregnant, she and her husband had questions, concerns, and fears. Recognizing that there was no go-to guide that helps women with manic depression navigate pre-natal, pregnancy, and postpartum issues, Finn collaborated with geneticists, obstetricians, psychologists, and psychiatrists to create this ultimate support-group-in-a-book and pregnancy resource.


The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family. David Miklowitz & Elizabeth George, $23.95

Bipolar disorder is difficult at any age, but it can be particularly daunting for teenagers and their families. The Bipolar Teen helps parents distinguish between the typical ups and downs of teen life and the symptoms of mania or depression. With coauthor Elizabeth George, Dr. Miklowitz shows parents how to recognize the early warning signs of an episode so they can intervene before it's too late. They show how to strike a healthy balance of medications and psychotherapy, and offer practical tips for getting the most from doctors and from school programs. Crucially, they also demonstrate practical strategies for managing the chaos at home so every family member — including siblings without the illness — can find the stability and support they need.”

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The Bipolar Workbook: Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings, 2nd Edition. Monica Ramirez Basco, $31.95

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong challenge, but it doesn't have to rule your life. Join the many tens of thousands of readers who have used the science-based tools in this book to achieve greater balance and get the most out of treatment. Dr. Monica Ramirez Basco helps you understand the nature of bipolar illness and recognize the early warning signs of mood swings. Step-by-step exercises (you can download and print additional copies of the forms as needed) give you greater insight into your own triggers, vulnerabilities, and strengths.

Dr. Basco guides you to build the particular skills you need to withstand the seductive pull of manic episodes and escape the paralysis of depression. You'll also learn key strategies for managing stress, making healthy decisions, and solving problems. Vivid stories and examples illustrate how to put the techniques into action. Significantly revised, the second edition features a new structure, more succinct chapters, and streamlined exercises.


The Bipolar Workbook for Teens. Sheri Van Dijk & Karma Guindon, $22.95

The Bipolar Workbook for Teens includes exercises and worksheets that will help adolescents learn skills drawn from a special technique called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT skills can help people with bipolar disorder improve their relationships with friends and family and calm themselves when their emotions get really overwhelming. Working through this book will help youth to:

  • Recognize and respond to emotional triggers
  • Create a crisis plan and find support
  • Get a handle on addictive behavior
  • Maintain friendships and get along with family

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Break the Bipolar Cycle: a Day-by-Day Guide to Living with Bipolar Disorder. Elizabeth Brondolo & Xavier Amdor, $22.95

Drawing on the latest research in bipolar disorder, stress, and health, this step-by-step guide offers a complete selection of livable, workable solutions to manage bipolar disorder … You'll be able to find successful ways to regulate your moods, relieve your stress, improve your thought processes, and break the bipolar cycle--for a happier, healthier life.

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Can I Tell You About Bipolar Disorder? Sonia Mainstone-Cotton, $17.95

If a grownup you love has bipolar disorder, what does that mean? In this friendly guide, 11-year-old Josh tells all about his dad's bipolar, including what mental illness is, and how it can affect patients and their families.

The guide explains in child-friendly terms how different types of bipolar affect people's feelings and behaviour. It is a comforting book that prepares young readers for the hard parts of knowing someone with bipolar, while communicating that bipolar is nothing to be afraid or ashamed of. Providing an excellent starting point for discussion both at home and in the classroom, it also includes a helpful list of recommended sources for additional support.


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Changing My Mind. Margaret Trudeau, $19.99

Under intense international scrutiny, Margaret Trudeau has survived remarkable highs and devastating lows. After years of battling depression and bouts of inexplicable manic behaviours, she was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Changing My Mind chronicles her life, her struggles and her efforts to finally learn how to deal with life with bipolar disorder.


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, 2nd Edition. Monica Ramirez Basco & A. John Rush, $53.50

This pragmatic, accessible book provides a complete framework for individualized assessment and treatment of bipolar disorder. It addresses the complexities of working with individuals with broadly varying histories and clinical presentations … Extensive case material illustrates proven strategies for conceptualizing patients' needs and working collaboratively to help them adhere to medication treatments, recognize the early warning signs of manic and depressive episodes, build coping skills, and manage specific symptoms. The second edition is a complete revision of the original volume, updated and restructured to be even more user friendly for clinicians.


The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most Out of Life. Kim Mueser & Susan Gingerich, $25.50

Do people with schizophrenia ever get better? With the vast majority of those with the disorder dependent on their families for care, close relatives often grapple with that question. The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia walks readers through a range of treatment and support options that can lead to a better life for the entire family. Individual chapters highlight special issues for parents, siblings, and partners, while other sections provide tips for dealing with problems including cognitive difficulties, substance abuse, and psychosis. Families learn to help their loved ones manage day-to-day tasks, develop friendships, and set personal life goals. This compassionate, practical resource helps families stay connected to the individual behind the disorder so they can work together toward recovery.

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Coping with Schizophrenia: a CBT Guide for Patients, Families and Caregivers. Steven Jones & Peter Hayward, $21.95

Drawing on the very latest research as well as their own extensive clinical experience, doctors Jones and Hayward present the facts of the condition, including definitions and symptoms, the truth (or not) behind common myths, advice on dealing with professionals, medication and its effectiveness, the benefits of cognitive therapy, and much, much more. The result is a uniquely informative and positive book that covers an enormous range of issues and offers those living with schizophrenia the opportunity to play a decisive role in managing and maintaining their own well-being.


The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder: Using DBT to Regain Control of Your Emotions and Your Life. Sheri Van Dijk, $32.50

Even if you've just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it's likely that you've been living with it for a long time. You've probably already developed your own ways of coping with recurring depression, the consequences of manic episodes, and the constant, uncomfortable feeling that you're at the mercy of your emotions. Some of these methods may work; others might do more harm than good. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder will help you integrate your coping skills with an effective dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) plan for living well with bipolar disorder.

The four DBT skills you'll learn in this workbook—mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness—will help you manage your emotional ups and downs and minimize the frequency and intensity of depressive and manic episodes. By using this book in conjunction with medication and professional care, you'll soon experience relief from your bipolar symptoms and come to enjoy the calm and confident feeling of being in control.


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Facing Bipolar: the Young Adult's Guide to Dealing with Bipolar Disorder. Russ Federman & J. Anderson Thomson, $23.95

When you travel to a new city, it helps to have a map close at hand. On the first day of school, you need to have your schedule of classes. And if you've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or suspect you may have it, then it's even more important to have a guidebook within reach.

Facing Bipolar will help you navigate the world of medications, therapists, and the up-and-down mood cycles common to the disorder. It clearly explains what bipolar disorder is and provides sound guidance for developing the necessary coping skills to manage its impact on your life.

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Family Experiences of Bipolar Disorder: the Ups, the Downs and the Bits In Between. Cara Aiken, $22.95

Bipolar disorder can be a devastating illness, seriously affecting not only the person with bipolar but also their children, partner, parents, family and friends. This moving and insightful book will provide an invaluable source of guidance, advice and support to people with bipolar disorder and their families, as well as an insight for professionals into the reality of life with the illness.


The Family Guide to Mental Health Care: Advice on Helping Your Loved Ones. Lloyd Sederer, $27.50

THE FAMILY GUIDE TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE is the first comprehensive print resource for the millions of people who have loved ones suffering from some kind of mental illness. In this book, families can find the answers to their most urgent questions. From understanding depression, bipolar illness and anxiety to eating and traumatic disorders, schizophrenia, and much more, readers will learn what to do and how to help.

Real-life scenarios and authoritative information are written in a compassionate, reader-friendly way, including checklists to bring to a doctor’s appointment so you can ask the right questions. For readers who fear they will never see the light at the end of the tunnel, this book gives hope and a path forward.

From the first signs of a problem to sorting through the variety of treatment options, you and your family will be able to walk into a doctor’s office know what to do and what to ask.


Finding Your Bipolar Muse: How to Master Depressive Droughts and Manic Floods and Access Your Creative Power. Lana Castle, $20.95

Lana Castle draws from research, interviews, surveys, and her own experience to examine what bipolar disorder and depression bring to the creative mix. Drawing from forty-five years experience in the arts, Castle shares first-hand knowledge, tools, and resources to help both aspiring and professional “creatives” affected by mood disorders overcome challenges and move forward. Illuminating and inspiring, Castle's new book helps artists of all types deal with depressive droughts and manic floods. With sensitivity and grace, Castle explains how “creatives” can tap their talents to recover their lives. Readers will learn how to: manage medications and treatment without thwarting creativity; find focus; set daily, weekly, and monthly goals; develop self-esteem and independence; use their creative talents to generate income.

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Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia — a Father and Son’s Story. Patrick Cockburn & Henry Cockburn, $19.99

With remarkable frankness, Patrick Cockburn writes of his son’s transformation from art student to mental patient and of the agonizing and difficult task of helping Henry get well. In Henry's own raw, beautiful chapters, he describes his psychosis from the inside. Patrick's and Henry's parallel stories reveal the complex intersections of sanity, madness, and identity; the vagaries of mental illness and its treatment; and a family's steadfast response to a bewildering condition. Haunting, intimate, and profoundly moving, their unique narrative will resonate with every parent and anyone who has been touched by mental illness.


Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Bipolar Disorder at School. Shelley Hart, Stephen Brock & Ida Jeltova, $79.95

IDENTIFYING, ASSESSING, AND TREATING BIPOLAR DISORDER AT SCHOOL presents practitioners with an evidence-based framework for accurate identification, assessment, and intervention of bipolar disorder. This straightforward resource clears up misconceptions about the condition, and outlines its complex presentation in young people, where it may appear in tandem with other disorders and bring challenges to treatment. By providing information to assist in referrals, consultations, and recommendations for special education, the authors give the reader a unique vantage point for improving students' learning environment and helping to facilitate the work of fellow professionals.


If Your Adolescent Has Schizophrenia: an Essential Resource for Parents. Raquel E. Gur, & Ann Braden Johnson, $10.95

In an era of de-institutionalization and managed care, parents and other adults, such as teachers and coaches, will become the first line of defense against this serious disease that typically attacks people the late teens or early twenties. If Your Adolescent Has Schizophrenia is an informative guide, written specifically to help adults spot the warning signs and seek appropriate treatment for the young people in their lives … and will offer readers trusted information and support that will enable them to confront this disorder head on and get their children meaningful medical and psychosocial help in order to mitigate its effects.

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January First: a Child’s Descent Into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her. Michael Schofield, $17.00

Michael Schofield’s daughter January is at the mercy of her imaginary friends, except they aren’t the imaginary friends that most young children have; they are hallucinations. And January is caught in the conflict between our world and their world, a place she calls Calalini.  Some of these hallucinations, like “24 Hours,” are friendly and some, like “400 the Cat” and “Wednesday the Rat,” bite and scratch her until she does what they want.  They often tell her to scream at strangers, jump out of buildings, and attack her baby brother.    

At six years old, January Schofield, “Janni,” to her family, was diagnosed with schizophrenia, one of the worst mental illnesses known to man.  What’s more, schizophrenia is 20 to 30 times more severe in children than in adults and in January’s case, doctors say, she is hallucinating 95 percent of the time that she is awake. Potent psychiatric drugs that would level most adults barely faze her. 

JANUARY FIRST captures Michael and his family's remarkable story in a narrative that forges new territory within books about mental illness. A compelling, unsparing and passionate account, JANUARY FIRST vividly details Schofield’s commitment to bring his daughter back from the edge of insanity.  It is a father’s soul-baring memoir of the daily struggles and challenges he and his wife face as they do everything they can to help Janni while trying to keep their family together. 


Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So: a Memoir. Mark Vonnegut, $21.00

A searingly funny, iconoclastic account of coping with mental illness, medical school and being the son of a brilliant and famous father.

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Living with Bipolar Disorder: a Guide for Individuals and Families Revised Edition. Michael Otto, et al, $19.95

Living with Bipolar Disorder is designed to help patients and their families develop the skills they need to be a good consumer of treatment and to become an expert partner in the management of bipolar disorder. It includes information about the details of living with bipolar disorder, gives advice on the best ways to avoid relapses, and teaches how to anticipate problems. The book includes a wealth of information on effective strategies to reduce the likelihood of episodes of depression or mania and maximize the enjoyment of life.


Mind Race: a Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Bipolar Disorder. Patrick Jamieson, $10.95

Mind Race is a first-person account, aimed at teens who have recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Diagnosed with the disorder at age fifteen, Patrick Jamieson discusses his own challenges and triumphs, and offers advice on dealing with developing symptoms such as how to recognize the beginning of a mood shift. In accessible language, he presents the latest in scientific research on the disorder, treatment options, and how to cope with side effects of different medications. He includes a detailed F.A.Q. that answers the questions a newly diagnosed adolescent is likely to have, and also offers suggestions on how to communicate with friends and family about the bipolar experience. With Mind Race, Jamieson offers hope to teens and young adults living with bipolar disorder, helping them to navigate and overcome their challenges so they can lead a full and rewarding life.

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Mommy I’m Still In Here: One Family’s Journey with Bipolar Disease. Kate McLaughlin, $21.95

With insight and intimacy, Kate McLaughlin candidly shares the realities of parenting children with Bipolar Disorder; and paints a vivid and moving literary picture — honestly conveying the physical realities and battered emotions of a family caught in the swirling storm of a child’s hallucinations and psychosis. This book supports, educates, and informs the reader, offering hope and encouragement to anyone living with chronic illness or raising teens.


Mommy’s Different Faces. Barbara Patterson, illustrated by Scott Collie, $14.95

If you have a child or know a child who is coping with a parent who has a mental health issue, this book will help facilitate a conversation about their situation.


My Happy Sad Mummy. Michelle Vasiil, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo, $18.95

The symptoms of a mental illness can be challenging enough for adults to understand and live with. For a child whose parent lives with bipolar disorder, witnessing and experiencing the highs and lows that this mental illness brings with it can be very difficult for a child to process. My Happy Sad Mummy provides a starting point for the necessary discussion, as well as for comfort — to know that their experience is a shared one.

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Parenting a Bipolar Child: What to Do and Why. Gianni Faedda & Nancy Austin, $30.95

When a child or adolescent is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it’s hard for his or her parents to know exactly what to do. Parenting a Bipolar Child offers a comprehensive overview of the available treatment options and most effective parenting strategies for dealing with this serious condition. In addition to a thorough explanation of the often necessary medical treatments for bipolar disorder, the book also details the importance of emotional regulation in bipolar children. Techniques for dealing with displays of rage, anger, and irritability in children are covered. The book also addresses sleep deprivation, one of the most common symptoms of childhood bipolar disorder, and the issues young people with bipolar disorder face in school. Subjects of particular interest to parents of older children and adolescents are covered, such as substance abuse, eating disorders, violence, and suicide. All of this information is complemented by advice on parental self-care and integrating the care of the bipolar child with the needs of the rest of the family.


Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts & Aggressive Behaviors. Pat Harvey & Jeanine Penzo, $27.95

When your child has problems regulating his or her emotions, there's no hiding it. Children with intense emotions go from 0 to 100 in seconds and are prone to frequent emotional and behavioral outbursts that leave parents feeling bewildered and helpless.

Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions is an effective guide to de-escalating your child's emotions and helping your child express feelings in productive ways. You'll learn strategies drawn from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), including mindfulness and validation skills, and practice them when your child's emotions spin out of control. This well-researched method for managing emotions can help your child make dramatic emotional and behavioral changes that both of you will be proud of.


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Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions: DBT Skills to Help Your Teen Navigate Emotional & Behavioral Challenges. Pat Harvey & Brit Rathbone, $24.95

Parenting a teen with intense emotions can be extremely difficult. This much-needed book will give you the tools needed to help your teen regulate his or her emotions. In addition, you'll learn the skills for managing your own reactions so you can survive these difficult years and help your teen thrive. In this important book, two renowned experts in teen mental health offer you evidence-based skills for dealing with your teen's out-of-control emotions using proven-effective dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

Helping your teen to effectively deal with their feelings now can have a lasting, positive impact on their future. After all, honing skills for emotion regulation will act as a foundation for your teen's overall mental health. This book will help your teen gain awareness of their emotions, and offers tools to help them choose how to respond to these emotions in effective ways.

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Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle the Highs, the Lows, and Everything in Between. Ann Douglas, $22.99 http://www.parentbooks.ca/thumbs/tiny%20maple%20leaf.JPG

Ann Douglas knows what it’s like to parent a child diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Ditto with depression, anorexia, Asperger syndrome and ADHD. Each of her four children has struggled with one or more conditions that fall under the “children’s mental health” umbrella.

From Canada’s bestselling and trusted parenting authority comes this honest and authoritative compendium of advice for parents who are living with children who have mental illnesses. It features interviews with experts on children’s mental health as well as parents and young people who have lived with (or who are living with) mental illness. Drawing on her own experience and expertise, Ann shows how to cope with years of worry and frustration about a child’s behaviour; how to effectively advocate for the child and work through treatments; how to manage siblings’ concerns and emotions; and, most importantly, how to thrive as a family.


Parenting a Troubled Teen: Manage Conflict & Deal with Intense Emotions Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Patricia Zurita Ona, $23.95

Raising a teen is tough-especially when your teen has trouble regulating their emotions and lashes out. This groundbreaking book will give you the tools you need to stop unwittingly reinforcing your teen's bad behavior, reduce conflicts, and get your teen on track with the things that really matter. If you have a teen who experiences extreme emotions, either as a result of a mental health diagnosis such as borderline personality disorder (BPD), or simply because you have a highly emotional teen, you probably need help right now. Parenting a teen comes with its own challenges, but when your teen acts out you may feel like you are at your wits end. To make matters worse, you may have difficulty managing your own emotions and responses.

Written by an expert in teen mental health, Parenting a Troubled Teen is based in proven-effective acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). In the book, you'll find the tools you need to parent your troubled teen, pay attention to your own reactions, and put an end to the cycle of conflict that has taken over your home. In this book, you'll learn to observe the thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations that drive your own parenting behaviors, and how these behaviors can impact your teen.

This is not a book about how to be a perfect parent. Everyone makes mistakes and reacts negatively to a situation from time to time. But if you're committed to improving your relationship with your teen, helping them take charge of their emotions, and ending family conflict, this practical guide will show you how.


Perfect Chaos: a Daughter’s Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother’s Struggle to Save Her. Linea Johnson & Cinda Johnson, $19.50

PERFECT CHAOS is the story of a mother and daughter’s journey through mental illness towards hope. From initial worrying symptoms to long sleepless nights to cross-country flights and the slow understanding and rebuilding of trust, PERFECT CHAOS tells Linea and Cinda’s harrowing and inspiring story, of an illness that they conquer together every day. It is the story of a daughter’s courage, a mother’s faith, and the love that carried them through the darkest times.

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Pretend Friends: a Story about Schizophrenia and Other Illnesses That can Cause Hallucinations. Alke Hoyle, illustrated by Lauren Reis, $17.95

Little Bea has a pretend friend, so does Big Jay. Their pretend friends are very different and people react very differently to them. Little Bea has lots of fun adventures with her pretend friend Nye Nye. Big Jay's pretend friends don't make him happy, in fact they can make life quite hard for Big Jay.

This full colour story book helps to explain in a child-friendly way what life is like for those who hear voices or have other hallucinations or delusions as a result of mental illness. Appropriate for children aged four and above, it describes why these auditory and visual hallucinations are very different to the enjoyable imaginary friends many children create, and explains some of the things that may help people like Big Jay.


The Price of Silence: a Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness. Liza Long, $21.00

Liza Long is the mother of a child who has bipolar disorder. When she heard about the Newtown shooting, her first thought was, “What if my son does that someday?” She wrote an emotional response to the tragedy, which the Boise State University online journal published as “I Am Adam Lanza's Mother.” The post went viral, receiving 1.2 million Facebook likes, nearly 17,000 tweets, and 30,000 emails. Now, in The Price of Silence, she takes a devastating look at how we address mental illness, especially in children, who are funneled through a system of education, mental healthcare, and juvenile detention that leads far too often to prison. In the end she asks one central question: If there's a poster child for cancer, why can’t there be one for mental illness? The answer: stigma. She is speaking in a way that we cannot help but hear, and she won't stop until something changes.


Psychotherapy for Children with Bipolar and Depressive Disorders. Mary Fristad, Jill Goldberg Arnold & Jarrod Leffler, $62.95

Packed with ready-to-use clinical tools, this book presents the first evidence-based psychosocial treatment for school-age children with bipolar disorder or depression. Leading clinician/researcher Mary Fristad and her colleagues show how to integrate psychoeducational strategies with cognitive-behavioral and family therapy techniques. They provide nuts-and-bolts information for implementing the approach with individual families or groups. Kids learn to identify and manage mood states while parents learn essential skills for problem solving, crisis management, improving family functioning, and collaborating with schools and mental health systems. In a large-size format with lay-flat binding for easy photocopying, the book features nearly 100 reproducible handouts and children's activities.

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Raising a Moody Child — How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder. Mary Fristad and Jill Goldberg Arnold, $18.95

  • Give kids the skills to manage their moods with a personalized "coping toolkit"
  • Keep challenging conduct from turning home and school into battlegrounds
  • Safeguard your couple relationship when parenting stress mounts
  • Make the best treatment decisions, find the right professional help, stay alert to common diagnostic errors

The road to god knows... a graphic novel. Von Allen, $14.95

The road to god knows... is the story of Marie, a teenage girl coming to grips with her mother’s schizophrenia. There’s no handbook, no guide to help her deal with what life throws at her as she struggles to grow up fast, and wrestles with poverty, loneliness and her mother’s illness.


Scattershot: My Bipolar Family, a Memoir. David Lovelace, $18.50

Four out of five people in David Lovelace’s immediate family have experienced bipolar disorder— including David himself. Scattershot is a coming-of-age story punctuated by truly harrowing experiences. This devastating and empathetic portrait of the Lovelace family strips away the shame associated with bipolar disorder and celebrates the profound creative gifts that come with it.


Schizo. Kim Firmston, $9.95 (teen fiction)

Everyone else just thinks their parents are crazy … but when Dan's mother stops taking her medication, crazy takes on a whole new meaning. Dan's the one who has to keep his family together — but who's going to be there for Dan?

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A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders: Not Fully Bipolar But Not UnipolarPractical Management. James Phelps, $42.00

Though the DSM discusses the criteria for mood disorders in absolute terms — either present or absent — professionals are aware that while such dichotomies are useful for teaching, they are not always true in practice. Recent genetic data support clinicians' longstanding recognition that a continuum of mood disorders between unipolar and bipolar better matches reality than a yes/no, bipolar-or-not approach. If we acknowledge that continuum, how does this affect our approach to diagnosis and treatment?

In A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders, nationally recognized expert James Phelps provides an in-depth exploration of the signs, symptoms, and nuanced presentations of the mood disorder spectrum, focusing on the broad gray area between Major Depression and Bipolar I. Combining theoretical understanding and real-world scenarios, Phelps offers practical treatment guidelines for clinicians to better understand the subtle ways mood disorders can show up, and how to find the most beneficial path for treatment based on the patient's individual pattern of symptoms.

Phelps's expertise and wealth of personal experience provides readers with unparalleled insight into a subject that is by nature challenging to define. His emphasis on non-medication approaches, as well as chapters on all the major pill-based treatments (from fish oil to lithium to the avoidance of atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants), creates a comprehensive resource for any clinician working with patients on the mood spectrum. Appendices on the relationship between bipolar diagnosis, politics, and religion; and a plain-English approach to the statistical perils of bipolar screening, offer further value.

Phelps has written an invaluable guide of the critical information professionals need to treat patients on the mood disorder spectrum, as well as a useful tool for highly motivated families and patients to better understand the mood disorder that effects their lives. This book seeks to alter the black and white language surrounding these mood disorders to influence a shift in how patients are diagnosed—to insure that treatment matches their specific needs.


Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids, 4th Edition. Timothy Wilens & Paul Hammerness, $24.50

Is medication the right choice for treating your child's emotional or behavioral problems? How can you be confident that he or she has been properly diagnosed? What do you need to know to get the most benefits from medication treatment, with the least risk? From leading child psychiatrists Timothy Wilens and Paul Hammerness, this book has already empowered many tens of thousands of parents to make tough decisions and become active, informed managers of their children's care. With clarity and compassion, it explains how medications work; their impact on kids' emotions, personality, school performance, and health; the pros and cons of specific treatment options; and much more. In addition to parents, teachers and other school professionals will find this book an ideal reference.


Surviving Manic Depression: a Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families and Providers. E. Fuller Torrey & Michael Knable, $32.50

Based on the latest research, Surviving Manic Depression provides detailed coverage of every aspect of manic depression-from understanding its causes and treatments to choosing doctors and managing relapses-with guidance drawn from the latest scientific information. Drs. Torrey and Knable provide thorough, up-to-date coverage of all aspects of the disease, including a detailed description of symptoms (with many direct descriptions from patients themselves), risk factors, onset and cause, medications (including drugs still in the testing stage), psychotherapy, and rehabilitation, as well as information about how the disease affects children and adolescents. Here too are discussions of special problems related to manic depression, including alcohol and drug abuse, violent behavior, medication noncompliance, suicide, sex, AIDS, and confidentiality. Surviving Manic Depression also includes special features such as a listing of selected websites, books, videotapes, and other resources.

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Swivel to Success: Bipolar Disorder in the Classroom. Tracy Anglada, $18.95

A teacher’s guide to understanding and helping students with bipolar disorder succeed at school.


The Tao of Bipolar: Using Meditation & Mindfulness to Find Balance and Peace. C. Alexander Simkins & Annellen Simkins, $23.95

In THE TAO OF BIPOLAR, you will reconnect with your essential, stable, balanced nature, which, according to the Tao, is the inherent state of all matter. In the book, you will learn to manage your energy with meditation and other techniques so that you can always return to their stable center. While you may lose touch with the center during bipolar episodes, this book encourages you to use mindfulness and meditation to consciously shift your energy back to this center before a bipolar episode gets too extreme.

When it comes to bipolar disorder, managing emotions, preventing manic episodes, and dealing effectively with periods of depression is the key to your mental health and well-being. This book will give you the tools you need to get your bipolar disorder under control, and get back to living life. Once you learn to manage your moods, you can function normally and experience far less suffering from the disorder, even when you do have bipolar episodes.


Treating Bipolar Disorder: a Clinician's Guide to Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy. Ellen Frank, $46.95

This innovative manual presents a powerful approach for helping people manage bipolar illness and protect against the recurrence of manic or depressive episodes. Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy focuses on stabilizing moods by improving medication adherence, building coping skills and relationship satisfaction, and shoring up the regularity of daily rhythms or routines. Each phase of this flexible, evidence-based treatment is vividly detailed, from screening, assessment, and case conceptualization through acute therapy, maintenance treatment, and periodic booster sessions. Among the special features are reproducible assessment tools and a chapter on how to overcome specific treatment challenges.

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Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Barbara Geller & Melissa DelBello, $79.95

Recent advances in evidence-based treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder are reviewed in this authoritative volume. The editors and contributors examine the current status of medications and psychosocial therapies, and explore new horizons in tailoring treatment to individuals' neurobiological and clinical profiles.


Turbo Max: a Story for Siblings and Friends of Children with Bipolar Disorder. Tracy Anglada, $14.95 (ages 8-12)

Turbo Max tells the story a young boy's summer, when his sister is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and how he goes from confusion to understanding.


What Works for Bipolar Kids: Help and Hope for Parents. Mani Pavuluri, $21.50

In this compassionate and optimistic book, expert clinician and renowned researcher Mani Pavuluri delivers step-by-step strategies for reducing or eliminating problems with mania, depression, aggression, sleep disturbances, and other symptoms. Crucially, What Works for Bipolar Kids also emphasizes practical ways to maintain a positive atmosphere at home and to help these kids stay balanced, focus on their achievements, and feel good about themselves.


When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: a Handbook for Family, Friends, and Caregivers. Rebecca Woolis, $17.00

When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness offers vital information about recovery from mental illness and substance abuse. It addresses short-term, daily problems of dealing with someone who has a psychiatric disability, and long-term planning and care. Of special interest are the forty-six "Quick Reference Guides" about such topics as: responding to delusions, hallucinations, violence, and anger, deciding if the person should live at home, handling holidays, helping siblings, keeping a life of your own and how to help people who do not understand that they have a mental illness or substance use disorder.

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When Someone You Love Is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner. Cynthia Last, $22.95

When bipolar disorder afflicts the person you love, you suffer too. How have other couples learned to manage the relationship strains caused by this illness? What can you do to provide your partner with truly helpful nurturance and support? No one cares more deeply about these questions than Dr. Cynthia Last, a highly regarded therapist/researcher who also has bipolar disorder. Sharing stories and solutions from her own experience and the couples she has treated, Dr. Last offers heartfelt, practical guidance for getting through the out-of-control highs and the devastating lows—together. Learn how you can help your spouse come to terms with a bipolar diagnosis, get the most out of treatment, and reduce or prevent future mood episodes, while also taking care of yourself.


When Your Daughter Has BPD: Essential Skills to Help Families Manage Borderline Personality Disorder. Daniel Lobel, $23.95

If you have a daughter with borderline personality disorder (BPD), you may feel frustration, shame, and your family may be at the breaking point dealing with angry outbursts, threats, and constant emergencies. You may even feel guilty for not enjoying spending time with your child — but how can you when her behavior is abusive toward you and the rest of your family? You need solid skills you can use now to help your daughter and hold your family together.

You’ll learn real solutions and strategies based in proven-effective DBT and CBT to help you weather the storm of BPD and restore a sense of normalcy and balance in your life. You’ll find an overview of BPD so you can better understand the driving forces behind your daughter’s difficult behavior. You’ll discover how you can help your daughter get the help she needs while also setting boundaries that foster respect and self-care for you and others in your family. And, most importantly, you’ll learn “emergency parenting techniques” to help you put a stop to abusive patterns and restore peace. If your daughter has BPD and your family is struggling to make it through each day, this book offers essential skills to help you cope and recover a sense of stability.


Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder. Jim Phelps, $25.95

If your depression keeps coming back or is even getting worse, then you may be suffering from bipolar II or “soft” bipolar disorder. Commonly misdiagnosed, these mood disorders are characterized by recurring bouts of depression along with anxiety, irritability, mood swings, sleep problems, or intrusive thoughts. Why Am I Still Depressed shows you how to identify if you have a non-manic form of bipolar disorder and how to work with your doctor to safely and effectively treat it.

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Resources for Families & Professionals

The Bipolar Bear Family: When a Parent Has Bipolar Disorder. Angela Ann Holloway, $28.95

The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder, 3rd Edition. Demitri Papolos & Janice Papolos. $23.99

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know, 2nd Edition. David Miklowitz, $26.95

Bi-Polar Girl: an Irreverent Look at Bipolar Disorder. Gabrielle Blackman-Sheppard, $19.95

The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers. Wes Burgess, $19.50

Bipolar Kids: Helping Your Child Find Calm in the Mood Storm. Rosalie Greenberg, $19.99

Bipolar, Not So Much: Understanding Your Mood Swings and Depression. Chris Aiken & James Phelps, $29.95

Bipolar and Pregnant: How to Manage and Succeed in Planning and Parenting While Living with Manic Depression. Kristin Finn, $22.95

The Bipolar Teen: What You Can Do to Help Your Child and Your Family. David Miklowitz & Elizabeth George, $23.95

The Bipolar Workbook: Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings, 2nd Edition. Monica Ramirez Basco, $31.95

The Bipolar Workbook for Teens. Sheri Van Dijk & Karma Guindon, $23.95

Break the Bipolar Cycle: a Day-by-Day Guide to Living with Bipolar Disorder. Elizabeth Brondolo & Xavier Amdor, $22.95

Can I Tell You About Bipolar Disorder? Sonia Mainstone-Cotton, $17.95

Changing My Mind. Margaret Trudeau, $19.99

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, 2nd Edition. Monica Ramirez Basco & A. John Rush, $53.50

The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most Out of Life. Kim Mueser & Susan Gingerich, $25.50

Coping with Schizophrenia: a CBT Guide for Patients, Families and Caregivers. Steven Jones & Peter Hayward, $21.95

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder: Using DBT to Regain Control of Your Emotions and Your Life. Sheri Van Dijk, $32.50

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Facing Bipolar: the Young Adult's Guide to Dealing with Bipolar Disorder. Russ Federman & J. Anderson Thomson, $23.95

Family Experiences of Bipolar Disorder: the Ups, the Downs and the Bits In Between. Cara Aiken, $22.95

The Family Guide to Mental Health Care: Advice on Helping Your Loved Ones. Lloyd Sederer, $27.50

Finding Your Bipolar Muse: How to Master Depressive Droughts and Manic Floods and Access Your Creative Power. Lana Castle, $20.95

Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia — a Father and Son’s Story. Patrick Cockburn & Henry Cockburn, $19.99

Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Bipolar Disorder at School. Shelley Hart, Stephen Brock & Ida Jeltova, $79.95

If Your Adolescent Has Schizophrenia: an Essential Resource for Parents. Raquel Gur & Ann Braden Johnson, $10.95

January First: a Child’s Descent Into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her. Michael Schofield, $17.00

Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So: a Memoir. Mark Vonnegut, $21.00

Living with Bipolar Disorder: a Guide for Individuals and Families Revised Edition. Michael Otto, et al, $19.95

Mind Race: a Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Bipolar Disorder. Patrick Jamieson, $10.95

Mommy I’m Still In Here: One Family’s Journey with Bipolar Disease. Kate McLaughlin, $21.95

Mommy’s Different Faces. Barbara Patterson, illustrated by Scott Collie, $14.95

My Happy Sad Mummy. Michelle Vasiil, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo, $18.95

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Parenting a Bipolar Child: What to Do and Why. Gianni Faedda & Nancy Austin, $30.95

Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts & Aggressive Behaviors. Pat Harvey & Jeanine Penzo, $27.95

Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions: DBT Skills to Help Your Teen Navigate Emotional & Behavioral Challenges. Pat Harvey & Brit Rathbone, $24.95

Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle the Highs, the Lows, and Everything in Between. Ann Douglas, $22.99

Parenting a Troubled Teen: Manage Conflict & Deal with Intense Emotions Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Patricia Zurita Ona, $23.95

Perfect Chaos: a Daughter’s Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother’s Struggle to Save Her. Linea Johnson & Cinda Johnson, $19.50

Pretend Friends: a Story about Schizophrenia and Other Illnesses That can Cause Hallucinations. Alke Hoyle, illustrated by Lauren Reis, $17.95

The Price of Silence: a Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness. Liza Long, $21.00

Psychotherapy for Children with Bipolar and Depressive Disorders. Mary Fristad, Jill Goldberg Arnold & Jarrod Leffler, $62.95

Raising a Moody Child — How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder. Mary Fristad and Jill Goldberg Arnold, $18.95

The road to god knows... a graphic novel. Von Allen, $14.95

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Scattershot: My Bipolar Family, a Memoir. David Lovelace, $18.50

Schizo. Kim Firmston, $9.95 (teen fiction)

A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders: Not Fully Bipolar But Not Unipolar—Practical Management. James Phelps, $42.00

Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids, 4th Edition. Timothy Wilens & Paul Hammerness, $24.50

Surviving Manic Depression: a Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families and Providers. E. Fuller Torrey & Michael Knable, $32.50

Swivel to Success: Bipolar Disorder in the Classroom. Tracy Anglada, $18.95

The Tao of Bipolar: Using Meditation & Mindfulness to Find Balance and Peace. C. Alexander Simkins & Annellen Simkins, $23.95

Treating Bipolar Disorder: a Clinician's Guide to Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy. Ellen Frank, $46.95

Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Barbara Geller & Melissa DelBello, editors, $79.95

Turbo Max: a Story for Siblings and Friends of Children with Bipolar Disorder. Tracy Anglada, $14.95 (ages 8-12)

What Works for Bipolar Kids: Help and Hope for Parents. Mani Pavuluri, $21.50

When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: a Handbook for Family, Friends, and Caregivers. Rebecca Woolis, $17.00

When Someone You Love Is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner. Cynthia Last, $22.95

When Your Daughter Has BPD: Essential Skills to Help Families Manage Borderline Personality Disorder. Daniel Lobel, $23.95

Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder. Jim Phelps, $25.95

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