Web Sites

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    • “In Our Own Voice” A speaker’s bureau whose speakers are living with mental illness
    • Information on Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
    • Patient-directed national organization
    • Information and support groups
  • Stanford Bipolar Disorders Clinic
    • Stanford University School of Medicine
    • Clinical treatment, manage clinical trials, and teach.
  • Bipolar World Information – books, medical information, treatments, personal stories, web sites – about bipolar disorder.
  • Bipolar Advantage Tom Wootton’s website to help people with mental conditions shift their thinking and behavior to change the paradigm of mental conditions from an illness to an advantage.
  • bp Magazine On-line website for bp Magazine, a magazine to create community among and empower people living with bipolar disorder.
  • Surviving Bipolar Forums, news and information about bipolar disorder.


  • Berger, Diane and Berger, Lisa. We Heard the Angels of Madness – A Family Guide to Coping with Manic Depression, New York: Quill – William Morrow, 1991.
  • Duke, Patty and Gloria Hochman. A Brilliant Madness – Living with Manic Depressive Illness, New York: Bantam Books, 1993.
  • Castle, Lana R. Bipolar Disorder Demystified – Mastering the Tightrope of Manic Depression, New York: Marlowe and Company, 2003.
  • Jamison, Kay Redfield. An Unquiet Mind – A Memoir of Moods and Madness, New York: Vintage Books, 1995.
  • Jamison, Kay Redfield. Touched with Fire – Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, New York:Free Press, l993.
  • Mariant, David with Mariant, Diane. Surviving Bipolar’s Fatal Grip: The Journey to Hell and Back, Mariant Enterprises, 2006.
  • Martini, Adrienne. Hillbilly Gothic – A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood, New York: Free Press, 2006.
  • Wolfe, Thomas, Leslie Field, Ed. The Autobiography of an American Novelist, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1983.


  • Mad Love (Bipolar Disorder)Teenagers Casey and Matt fall in love. Casey suffers from bipolar disorder, a fact that Matt doesn’t know. After a bad episode Casey is institutionalized. Matt helps her escape and tries to understand her and act responsibly. 100 minutes
  • Mr. Jones (Bipolar Disorder) Mr. Jones suffers from bipolar disorder. When he is manic, he does risky things, like trying to fly off a high building. After such episodes, he is brought to a psychiatric ward. 114 minutes.
  • My Sister’s Keeper (Bipolar Disorder)Kathy Bates plays a woman coping with a severe form of bipolar disorder. We see the person, not the disorder, and her interactions with her family are realistically portrayed. 90 minutes
  • Sophie’s Choice (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Suicide)Nathan is a chemist and his girlfriend Sophie is a Polish refugee. Nathan and Sophie’s relationship is menaced by Nathan’s violent behavior, and Sophie’s disturbing memories of her war experience. The film culminates in a flashback revealing the cause of Sophie’s unbearable pain. 150 minutes
  • Vincent – The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (Bipolar Disorder, Suicide, General medical condition)This portrait of Van Gogh has its narrative entirely from the letters that Vincent Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. It takes him from his earliest years as a missionary, to his painting career, and finally his suicide. It is filmed in the actual locations where he actually lived. 99 minutes.