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Muttle by Tobyn Tolini – This book, published on December 5, 2014,  is written as a memoir of a madman (me) and for bipolar/psychotic people. It’s for people who see the machines, hear voices, have hallucinations and feel the bad energy. Locked in a box the “muttle” makes your mind feel like two cars that keep crashing into each other. I am hopeful and I want to keep dreaming.  Available on Amazon for purchase.

Crazy – a creative and personal look at mental illness  by Michael Hanna and Tami Leino Hanna

from all the crazy artisis of Adams Place. It is a Winner of a Colorado Book Award.

Brain Based Parenting by Dan Hughes, about ADHD and other behaviors in children
After Her Brain Broke: Helping my Daughter Recover Her Sanity

Recommended by NAMI and E. Fuller Torrey

Bipolar Disorder: Insights for Recovery by Dr. Jane Mountain
Boundaries by Henry Cloud, Ph.D., John Townsend, Ph.D.

The premise of this book is that you cannot control what other people say and do, but you can control how you react and make your own choices – and it explains in simple terms how to go about that. Note:  This book as light Christian overtones and references to the bible.  The authors, however, are psychologists, not clergy.

A Brilliant Madness by Patty Duke.

Patty Duke’s perspective of living with bipolar disorder.

The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

The Dance of Anger shows readers how to identify the actual sources of anger and to use anger as a tool for change. Lerner illustrates how getting angry gets nowhere if we do not identify and change our own part in the pattern.

Detour – My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D by Lizzie Simon published by Atria Books

Ben Behind His Voices by Randye Kaye who writes brilliantly about her life’s journey along with her son who has schizo-affective disorder

I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Halstraus Kreisman, a great read about Borderline Personality Disorder
Struck by Living From Depression to Hope: Julie K. Hersh, 2010: Memoir of the author’s experience with clinical depression.  Having “had it all”, the author experiences a crushing depression which ultimately leads to three suicide attempts.  Her travels include hospitalization, medication and ECT and ultimately, end in an inspiring story.
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Jamison
Discombobulated by Kelly Ann Compton which is a consumer’s journey of hope through mental illness; a memoir which includes professional insight by a psychologist.
Walking on Eggshells by Paul Mason and Randi Kreger.  Taking back your life when someone you love has Borderline Personality Disorder.
When Someone You Love is Depressed.  How to Help Without Losing Yourself by Laura Epstein and Xavier Amador
 The Eden Express by Mark Vonnegut; his personal journey through mental illness with a very hopeful outcome.
 The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Drugs by Dr. Jack M. Gorman
 Falling into the Sun, Charrie Hazard, 2009:  A mother’s journey to find help for her son living with bipolar disorder. Following a neighbor’s suicide, Kate is haunted by the possibility that her son may have a mental illness.  Kate finds healing through exploring spiritual beliefs.
 I’m Not Sick I Don’t Need Help: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment by Xavier Amador, Vida Press (excellent tool)
 Journey Not Chosen…Destination Not Known by Mary Worthen (a mother writes of life with her daughter struggling with bipolar illness)
 Lincoln’s Meloncholy by JoshuaW. Shenk is a discussiom of the President’s long term struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts, and its impact on his personal and political life.
 Mommy I’m Still In Here, One Family’s Journey with Bipolar Disease by Kate McLaughlin who candidly shares the realities of parenting children with Bipolar Disorder.
 The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller (an autobiography by Lori Schiller who lives with schizophrenia)

Crazy by Pete Earley about his journey through America’s mental health system

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