Resources You Can Use

 

lets-walk-togetherKnow more about your condition, symptoms and methods to cope with them.
Loads of reading material, Blogs, websites and videos which can help Bipolar as well as Depression affected is available on the web and in print.
Knowledge empowers us, inspirational stories spark hope where there is none.
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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!

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.

The D-Word~ A Survivor’s Guide To Depression ~ By Shubhrata Prakash
If depression has made inroads into your life, this book tells you not to lose hope. Drawing from real-life experience and meticulous research, Shubhrata Prakash shares her expert knowledge on what it means to have depression, how to identify your particular strain and overcome your sense of hopelessness.

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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:

American Psychological Association 

International Bipolar Foundation 

DBSA

Psych Central

BLOGS:

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