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Our lending library.

Reading is a great way to relax whilst learning more about bipolar.

Once you've attended two of our monthly meetings, then you can borrow a library book for free for up to two months.

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New titles are added monthly, so check back from time to time to see what's new!

1976 - Growing Up Bipolar

1976 - Growing Up Bipolar

ISBN:

Published:

978-1739680008

23 August 2022

1976 - Growing Up Bipolar is a disturbing, but darkly humorous and life-affirming mental health memoir by Mark Fleming, a Scottish writer and musician. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his 20s, Fleming takes the reader into bipolar's depths of depression and unnatural highs of mania, and is candid about his experiences of locked psych wards, the debilitating side-effects of anti-psychotic drugs, and the terrifying places his deluded mind took him to.

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Befriending Bipolar: A Patient's Perspective

Befriending Bipolar: A Patient's Perspective

ISBN:

Published:

979-8718415032

18 May 2021

GROUP MEMBER REVIEW:

Befriending Bipolar is a highly interesting and readable account of Oliver Seligman’s experience with bipolar.  Oliver is a monk, author and inspirational speaker and was diagnosed with Type One bipolar in the 1990s, when he was seventeen.

Oliver eloquently recounts his past struggles with bipolar and of his experiences. As a young man, he spent three months in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Oliver describes the anxiety about going home after being there. “I felt safe in that strangely unpredictable environment, even when patients were screaming or security guards running.”

In a later part of Befriending Bipolar, Oliver describes how in his late thirties, he stopped taking lithium for two years. During that time, Oliver experienced around thirty different realities a day, ‘flipping between them every few seconds like a slideshow’.

Befriending Bipolar is an absorbing book which consists of sixteen chapters. At the end of each chapter, Oliver summarises his learnings. These range from talking about what has helped him to manage bipolar and Befriending Bipolar offers useful advice including asking for help which Oliver acknowledges is difficult to do.

Oliver manages bipolar with a combination of lithium, meditation and therapy and leaves the reader with hope as he describes how he has found balance in his life.

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The Rabbit Listened

The Rabbit Listened

ISBN:

Published:

978-1912650149

4 June 2020

GROUP MEMBER REVIEW:

The Rabbit Listened is an empathetic and lovely children’s book. Written by Cori Doerrfeld, it is a treat from start to finish. The moving front cover shows a small child, gender unspecified, cuddling and being cuddled by a rabbit.

Taylor is the book’s main character. He or she likes to spend time building intricate brick towers. Then disaster strikes! This paves the way for many animal friends to suggest how Taylor should deal with the situation. However, advice is not what Taylor needs or wants.

Finally, it is Rabbit who is able to provide Taylor with comfort and help.

Through the use of repetitive text and simple language, The Rabbit Listened brilliantly explains that sometimes a situation doesn’t require words or instant action. The book teaches both young and old readers about the importance of empathy – of providing a presence and an ear. By simply being there and listening, you can help a loved one to feel better, and that by giving someone the space and support to empower themselves, they will come up with the best solution.

The Rabbit Listened is a great book to read with young children of any age.

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The Well Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World

The Well Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World

ISBN:

Published:

978-0008100711

16 April 2020

How can gardening relieve stress and help us look after our mental health? What lies behind the restorative power of the natural world?

In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years – working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence.

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RHS Your Wellbeing Garden: How to Make Your Garden Good for You.

RHS Your Wellbeing Garden: How to Make Your Garden Good for You.

ISBN:

Published:

978-0241386729

6 February 2020

Learn how connecting with nature can reduce stress and improve wellbeing. You don't even need a garden - even a balcony or houseplants can help to boost your mood. Every recommendation is backed by scientific research, drawn together by the team of RHS scientists and experts. Favourite garden designer at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Matt Keightley then suggests how to translate the science into ideas for your green space.

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Mindfulness-finding peace in a frantic world

Mindfulness-finding peace in a frantic world

ISBN:

Published:

978-9123972302

1 January 2020

Mindfulness Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Wherever You Go There You Are, The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness & Meditation, 10% Happier 4 Books Collection Set:

Mindfulness Finding Peace in a Frantic World:
MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion and promote genuine joie de vivre. It's the kind of happiness that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life can throw at you with new courage.

Wherever You Go There You Are:
Mindfulness is considered the heart of Buddhist meditation. But its essence is universal and of deep practical benefit to everyone. In Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in our lives, and awakening us to the unique beauty and possibilities of each present moment.

The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness & Meditation:
Demystifying meditation for the modern world: an accessible and practical route to improved health, happiness and well being, in as little as 10 minutes.Andy Puddicombe, founder of the celebrated Headspace, is on a mission: to get people to take 10 minutes out of their day to sit in the now.

10% Happier:
After having a nationally televised panic attack, Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong non-believer, he found himself on a bizarre adventure and realised that the sources of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business.

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The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide

ISBN:

Published:

978-1462534982

9 April 2019

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong challenge--but it doesn't have to rule your life. Find the science-based information you need in the revised third edition of this indispensable guide. Trusted authority Dr. David J. Miklowitz shares proven strategies for managing your illness or supporting a loved one with the disorder. Learn specific steps to cope with mood episodes, reduce recurrences, avoid misdiagnosis, get the most out of treatment, resolve family conflicts, and make lifestyle changes to stay well. Updated throughout, the third edition has a new chapter on kids and teens; the latest facts on medications and therapy, including important advances in personalized care; and expanded coverage of the bipolar II subtype. It features boxes on complementary and alternative treatments and provides downloadable practical tools.

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The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery

ISBN:

Published:

978-0552174268

21 February 2019

'Completely compelling and powerful, and hard to put down.' Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, prize-winning author of Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

- Who are we if our brain fails?
- How do we think?
- How do we feel?
- How do we move, if we move at all?
- What happens when we lose our mind?

When renowned neuroscientist Barbara Lipska's melanoma spread to her brain it started to play tricks on her. The expert on mental illness - a specialist in how the brain operates - experienced what it is like to go mad. Analyzing the science of the mind and the biology of the brain alongisde Dr Lipska's own extraordinary story, this is a fascinating account of what happens when the brain goes awry.

'Oliver Sacks-meets-When Breath Becomes Air ... Barbara Lipska's remarkable story illuminates the many mysteries of our fragile yet resilient brains.' Lisa Genova, bestselling author of Still Alice and Every Note Played

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Start

Start

ISBN:

Published:

978-1912280070

10 October 2018

This biography does not gloss over or glamorise mental illness, instead Graham Morgan highlights that people can, and do, live full and positive lives.

Join Graham through his recollections of detention under the Mental Health act, learning to live with a new family, and coping with the symptoms that he still struggles to accept are an illness. He takes your through his preparations to address the United Nations in his role working with the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.

Graham Morgan has an MBE for services to mental health, and helped to write the Scottish Mental Health (2003) Care and Treatment Act.

This is the Act under which he is now detained.

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Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life

Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life

ISBN:

Published:

978-1945883071

5 June 2018

During her final semester of college, Charita Brown suffered a psychotic episode frighteningly reminiscent of her grandmother's own breakdown and subsequent hospitalization. Afterward, she was diagnosed with an extreme form of bipolar disorder. Vowing to remain honest, Charita details her struggle after her diagnosis--a life full of love, hope, and success.

Charita Cole Brown earned a BA in English from Wesleyan University and an MAT in Early Childhood Education from Towson University in Maryland. She is now retired and lives in Baltimore with her two daughters.

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Natural Healing for Bipolar Disorder: A Compendium of Nutritional Approaches

Natural Healing for Bipolar Disorder: A Compendium of Nutritional Approaches

ISBN:

Published:

978-0965097604

2 June 2018

Natural Healing for Bipolar Disorder by Eva Edelman is a state-of-the-art compendium, encompassing more than half a century of clinical experience and research by pioneering physicians worldwide. It describes the importance of each nutrient and herb to mental health, and depicts the major subtypes, their associated symptoms, chemistry, and vitamin needs; and the role of allergies, heavy metals, other toxins, and illness. It also depicts the part played by neurotransmitters, synaptic reuptake, ion transport, methylation and epigenetic factors. Here is what leaders in the field have said about Natural Healing for Bipolar Disorder.

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Managing Your Mind, The Mental Fitness Guide

Managing Your Mind, The Mental Fitness Guide

ISBN:

Published:

978-0198527725

2 May 2018

Managing Your Mind is a book for building resilience, overcoming emotional difficulties and enabling self-development. It is for any of us who wish to understand ourselves better, to be more effective in day-to-day life, to overcome current problems; or who want to support others in these tasks. The authors have between them almost 100 years of experience helping people respond skillfully to life's challenges. Drawing on this experience as well as on cutting-edge scientific research, Managing Your Mind distills effective techniques and ideas, enabling readers to select those that suit their preferences and needs.

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Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life

ISBN:

Published:

978-1683961017

2 May 2018

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life is the eagerly awaited sequel/ companion book to Forney’s 2012 best-selling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help survival guide of tips, tricks and tools by someone who has been through it all and come through stronger for it.

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Healing for Body, Soul & Spirit: An introduction to Anthroposophic Medicine

Healing for Body, Soul & Spirit: An introduction to Anthroposophic Medicine

ISBN:

Published:

978-1782504108

21 September 2017

Conventional medicine focuses on the body's physical symptoms. But more and more patients are questioning the limitations of this approach and are exploring holistic approaches, such as anthroposophic medicine, which also addresses the human soul -- our individual thinking, will and feelings -- and the human spirit, our self-awareness and essence. Anthroposophic medicine is an extension of, not a replacement to, conventional medicine.

This comprehensive book introduces and explores the philosophy and practice of anthroposophic medicine, which is based on principles developed by Rudolf Steiner. It discusses many alternative therapies and areas of health including artistic therapies, massage, childhood illnesses, cancer and psychiatry.

Healing for Body, Soul and Spirit will inform and engage a general reader, with no medical background, who is interested in alternative and holistic approaches to human health.

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Anxiety for Beginners: A Personal Investigation

Anxiety for Beginners: A Personal Investigation

ISBN:

Published:

978-1509813247

4 May 2017

Foyles paperback of the year, Anxiety for Beginners offers a vivid insight into the often crippling impact of anxiety disorders, a condition that is frequently invisible, shrouded in shame and misunderstood. It serves as a guide for those who live with anxiety disorders and those who live with them by proxy.

Combining her own experiences (rendered in emotive detail) with extensive research with experts (neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychologists and fellow sufferers – including some familiar faces), Eleanor Morgan explores not just the roots of her own anxiety, but also investigates what might be contributing to so many of us suffering around the world.

Anxiety for Beginners is, at its heart, a book about acceptance, as Morgan discovers the ways in which people can live a life that is not just manageable but enjoyable, learning to accept anxiety as part of who we are rather than spending a life fighting and being ashamed of it.

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The Broker Who Broke Free: Peace is found Within

The Broker Who Broke Free: Peace is found Within

ISBN:

Published:

978-1539907114

3 November 2016

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered what this life is all about? This true story follows Oliver Seligman's journey from stressed-out, money-hungry sales trader to peaceful meditating monk. Oliver thought he had it all. Money, prestige and prospects, the world was at his feet. Yet his mind was running at a hundred miles per hour, he felt empty, and knew that something was missing.

Ignoring his true calling, life smacked him over the head again and again. After several scrapes with death, he went through a profound inner transformation and found what had been missing all along.

Sometimes in our desire for success we forget what is most important to us. If you think creating the perfect life will make you happy, this book will turn your world upside down. You may find that true happiness and meaning is found in the one place you have not yet looked.

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Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, 2nd Edition: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques (Overcoming Books)

Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, 2nd Edition: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques (Overcoming Books)

ISBN:

Published:

978-1472119292

6 October 2016

A thoroughly enjoyable read, and [I] would recommend trainee therapists read it also, as it will increase your understanding of the treatment of low self-esteem.' BABCP Magazine

Low self-esteem can make life difficult in all sorts of ways. It can make you anxious and unhappy, tormented by doubts and self-critical thoughts. It can get in the way of feeling at ease with other people and stop you from leading the life you want to lead. It makes it hard to value and appreciate yourself in the same way you would another person you care about.

Melanie Fennell's acclaimed and bestselling self-help guide will help you to understand your low self-esteem and break out of the vicious circle of distress, unhelpful behaviour and self-destructive thinking. Using practical techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), this book will help you learn the art of self-acceptance and so transform your sense of yourself for the better.

Specifically, you will learn:
How low self-esteem develops and what keeps it going
How to question your negative thoughts and the attitudes that underlie them
How to identify your strengths and good qualities for a more balanced, kindly view of yourself

Overcoming self-help guides use clinically proven techniques to treat long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. Many guides in the Overcoming series are recommended under the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme.

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Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think

ISBN:

Published:

978-1462520428

1 October 2015

Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress--and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. This life-changing book has already helped more than 1,200,000 readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy--one of today's most effective forms of psychotherapy--to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems. Revised and expanded to reflect significant scientific developments of the past 20 years, the second edition contains numerous new features: expanded content on anxiety; chapters on setting personal goals and maintaining progress; happiness rating scales; gratitude journals; innovative exercises focused on mindfulness, acceptance, and forgiveness; 25 new worksheets; and much more. Mind Over Mood will help you: *Learn proven, powerful, practical strategies to transform your life. *Follow step-by-step plans to overcome depression, anxiety, anger, guilt, and shame. *Set doable personal goals and track your progress (you can photocopy the worksheets from the book or download and print additional copies). *Practice your new skills until they become second nature. Cited as “The Most Influential Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Publication” by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and included in the UK National Health Service Bibliotherapy Program.

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Night School: The Life-Changing Science of Sleep

Night School: The Life-Changing Science of Sleep

ISBN:

Published:

978-1447264835

15 January 2015

Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Every night you close your eyes, become oblivious to your surroundings and waste hours flying, being chased or watching all your teeth fall out – and then you wake up. What on earth is going on?

Based on exciting new peer-reviewed research, mass-participation experiments and the world’s largest archive of dream reports, Night School uncovers the truth about the sleeping brain – and gives powerful tips on how you can use those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time to change your waking life. Along the way you will discover how to learn information while you sleep, the creative potential of a six-minute nap, and what your dreams really mean.

Studies show that even a small lack of sleep can have a detrimental effect on health and happiness. It’s time to banish nightmares, make the most of the missing third of your days, and get the best night’s sleep of your life.

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Black Rainbow: How words healed me: my journey through depression.

Black Rainbow: How words healed me: my journey through depression.

ISBN:

Published:

978-1444790009

9 October 2014

Black Rainbow is the powerful first-person story of one woman's struggle with depression and how she managed to recover from it through the power of poetry.

In 1997, Oxford graduate, working mother and Times journalist Rachel Kelly went from feeling mildly anxious to being completely unable to function within the space of just three days. Prescribed antidepressants by her doctor, and supported by her husband and her family, Rachel slowly began to get better, but her anxiety levels remained high, and six years later, as a stay-at-home mother, she suffered a second collapse even worse than the first.

Throughout both of Rachel's periods of severe depression, the healing power of poetry became an integral part of her recovery. As someone who had always loved poetry, it became something for Rachel to cling on to in times of need - from repeating short mantras to learning and reciting entire poems - these words and verses became a powerful force for change in her life. In Black Rainbow Rachel analyses why poetry can be one answer to depression, and the book contains a selected 40 of the poems that provided Rachel with solace and comfort during her breakdown and recovery.

At a time when mental health problems and depression are becoming more common, and the stigma around such issues is finally being lifted, this book offers a lifeline for anyone seeking to understand depression and seek new ways to treat it. Poetry is free, has no side-effects and, as Rachel can attest, 'prescribing words instead of pills' can be an incredibly powerful remedy.

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Hardwiring Happiness: The Practical Science of Reshaping Your Brain - and Your Life

Hardwiring Happiness: The Practical Science of Reshaping Your Brain - and Your Life

ISBN:

Published:

978-1846043567

12 September 2013

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An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

ISBN:

Published:

978-0679763307

5 August 2011

GROUP MEMBER REVIEW:

An Unquiet Mind is a first rate memoir written by renowned US clinical psychologist and bipolar disorder researcher Kay Redfield Jamison. Published in 1995, Jamison writes eloquently, bravely and wisely about her experiences with bipolar disorder and the effects it has had on her life and her personal relationships.

Her description of depression is insightful, authentic and wholly accurate.  “Depression is awful beyond words or sounds or images...it bleeds relationships through suspicion, lack of confidence and self-respect, the inability to enjoy life, to walk or talk or think normally, the exhaustion, the night terrors, the day terrors.”

Not only does she write about the detrimental effects of bipolar disorder, but she also highlights what could be perceived as positive aspects, too. In her memoir, Jamison describes the joy of her manic highs, which included a trip to Saturn in her mind. “Even now, I can see in my mind’s rather peculiar eye an extraordinary shattering and shifting of light; inconstant but ravishing colours laid out across miles of circling rings.”

Like many of those diagnosed with bipolar, Jamison initially resisted taking the medication lithium to manage her symptoms. It was in her early 30s that Jamison began taking medication regularly.

It is easy to relate to An Unquiet Mind and her experiences will certainly resonate with those who have bipolar disorder. This book is highly recommended for anyone suffering from bipolar disorder and/or wants to find out more about what it feels like to have the illness.

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Mood Mapping: Plot Your Way to Emotional Health & Happiness

Mood Mapping: Plot Your Way to Emotional Health & Happiness

ISBN:

Published:

978-1905744770

1 January 2011

Identify, understand, and lift your mood with this powerful new approach to managing mental health

Mood mapping simply involves plotting one's feelings against one's energy levels, to determine current mood. This book then offers the necessary tools to lift a low mood, so improving mental health and wellbeing. The author developed this technique as a result of her own diagnosis of bipolar disorder, or manic depression, and of overcoming it, which led her to seek ways to improve the mental health of others. This positive book illustrates the five keys to moods, through which readers can learn to identify the physical or emotional factors that affect moods and prevent low mood triggers; the Miller Mood Map, to visually map a mood in order to increase self-awareness; and practical ways to implement change to alleviate low mood. Mood mapping is an essential life skill, and understanding it will enables readers to be happier, calmer, and more positive.

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Oor Mad History: A Community History of the Lothian Mental Health Service User Movement

Oor Mad History: A Community History of the Lothian Mental Health Service User Movement

ISBN:

Published:

CAPS-001

1 March 2010

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