Resources

 

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Loads of reading material, Blogs, websites and videos which can help Bipolar as well as Depression affected. Living in a vacuum does us no good.
Knowledge empowers us, inspirational stories bring hope where there is none.
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NON-PROFITS INDIA BASED:
Until recently, there was a dearth of institutions one could turn to in India, especially
ones that were being operated on a Non-Profit basis.
Prasad, a contributor to this site has provided us with an invaluable set of information.

A Nationwide chain of centres across major metros and cities of India
Discover the world of NAMI India to access the centre/helpline nearest you.
Now help is at hand, without you having to worry about exorbitant Doctor consultation fees.
I myself intend to contribute in some way to this noteworthy initiative.
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BOOKS:

FEELING GOOD  by Dr.David Burns
At a time when I needed it the most, this Book came as a blessing!
It had a profound impact on me and changed my thought process entirely: for the better.
The Book is based about CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). How it worked is that it made me introspect on my though processes: essentially, our thoughts determine our moods. I am not suggesting that our mood disorders do not have a deeper, more fundamental basis. By adopting the strategies propounded by Dr.Burns, I managed to bring myself out of a crippling depressive phase. (As such anti-depressants are quite ineffective for treating the depression phase of Bipolar Disorder) .

Dr.Brian Weiss: Many Lives Many Masters

This is a path breaking work by a practicing Psychiatrist on Past lives, reincarnation and the connection to health issues: he has actually used his research in Past Life Regression therapy to heal many of his Patients. It enabled me to see the bigger picture. The canvas of life is much bigger than we can ever imagine!

THE SECRET– Rhonda Byrne

The Law of attraction and the power of my mind to create reality around me: this was a concept that engulfed me! Esp. the chapter on the Miracle Man, Maurice Goodman, whose incredible recovery from deathbed after a near fatal air accident resonated with me my own struggle.
If he used his self belief to recover, so could I..

A BIPOLAR’S JOURNEY~ From Torment to Fulfillment ~ Vijay Nallawala
If I may humbly add my own Book to this list, purely for one reason. This is the very first (and only?) such book written by a bipolar in India about his recovery journey. It therefore is a perspective from South Asia, relevant to conditions prevailing here. Do not go my word,
read the Foreword by Jennifer Sertl provided in above link. Also get to read the first few chapters to get a feel of it.

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WEBSITES:
There’s so much of research material, new studies, news about breakthroughs available on the internet, keep yourself abreast of it, without getting overwhelmed by it.
KNOWLEDGE EMPOWERS.

The Most Comprehensive Articles I have yet found on Bipolar Disorder:
“Bipolar I Disorder is one of the most severe forms of mental illness and is characterized by recurrent episodes of mania and (more often) depression. The condition has a high rate of recurrence and if untreated, it has an approximately 15% risk of death by suicide. It is the third leading cause of death among people aged 15-24 years”
Internet Mental Health
The article also clarifies that Bipolar I Disorder should not be confused with Bipolar Disorder  2, BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) or Mood Disorders triggered by Physiological conditions.
Sort of brings clarity to my mind, too:
A few well-meaning friends in their feedback talk about their total recovery from Bipolar Disorder.
Research says that one can’t compare variants of Bipolar. Similarly, each individual is distinct, the environmental factors which have such a huge bearing, vary, too.
Does the label of ‘severe, incurable illness’ bother me?
Honestly it did, for many years. I have now made peace with my condition.
It is no longer about complete recovery. A pragmatic me declares: it is about living a life of fulfillment.

NIMH  

American Psychological Association 

Helpguide.org

WELLNESS:

Vishwas Meditation:

OMG I Can Meditate ~ Meditation made easy! Try it!

BLOGS:
INSPIRING STORIES!!

Can People With A Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis Ever Leave Medicines Behind?
ERIC ARAUZ’s rousing story of having recovered from Bipolar-1 Disorder despite multiple other problems!
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Other Blogs:
Emotional Deprevation Disorder

Posted by a friend on Google +, Stacy, on her own Blog:

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My Own Blogs:
Writing is a cathartic experience for me,
a channel to express myself freely to a global audience through Blogging.
It began as a hobby two years ago, developed into a passion and is now my career.
I have discovered my true self through writing.
We Bipolars in particular have a creative streak in us. Giving it wings uplifts our spirits..

Posts on Bipolar:
Creative storytelling: Fear is the key..or is it the lock?  

At the Crossroads of Life : an account of how Bipolar pulled the carpet under my feet

Posts that stimulate the mind and spirit:
Who are you? The voice kept asking me

In Nothingness Is Everything

The Day He Hauled In The Sun

One Does not need to be in a Quiet Place to Meditate

Science Validates what Ancient Wisdom has Always Taught Us.

Awaken Your Mind To The Observer Within

Yoga And Me

EXCITING NEW RESEARCH!!

Neuroplasticity
Regular Meditation practice has now been scientifically proven to ‘rewire’ the brain. Increase of gray matter, changes in the cortex area are attributed directly to meditative practice.
Why not supplement medical treatment with these ancient practices which are not only harmless but have restorative powers too?

 

 

 

 

 

  • Aparajita Chattopadhayay

    I found this book very helpful…
    Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner by Julie A. Fast and John. D. Preston