Since I’ve opened up about my bipolar diagnosis, I’ve received tons of questions about mental health, or what I like to call it, brain health. In order to answer the inquiries so many of you had, I decided to put together a list of resources that I’ve found helpful in my ongoing study of the brain.
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Health
If you’re a first-timer to understanding mood disorders or other mental illnesses, your first stop should be to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI). Their website is dedicated to educating individuals on the vast array of mental disorders. Additionally, they provide resources that assist those living with a disorder to find the support they need. There are tons of articles published on the site to provide basic information on the variety of illnesses and how they operate. I strongly recommend making this your first stop before purchasing any books or resources. Click here to visit the website.
The Upward Spiral (by Alex Korb)
After I devoured everything I could on NAMI’s website, I made this book my next stop. The Upward Spiral covers topics surrounding depression by breaking down how it works in the brain and how to get out of it. If you’re someone who suffers from chronic depression, then I would definitely suggest this book as a first read.
Click here to purchase this awesome book.
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide (David Miklowitz)
This comprehensive book is for anyone suffering from bipolar disorder. It’s also for anyone that has a friend or family member that lives with the condition. This 400-page read answers all the burning questions you, a family member, or friend may have. Topics like medication, emotional triggers, and treatments are covered in detail. I personally consider this my bipolar bible.
Click here to purchase this wide-ranging book.
NIMH – National Institute of Mental Health
Run under the U.S. federal organization, NIH (National Institute of Health), the NIMH was specifically created to research psychological illnesses. The NIMH provides a bevy of research articles, support resources, and statistics covering all types of mental brain disorders. The NIMH also holds clinical trials to study these disorders, so if you’re up to it, you can apply to test it out! Click here to check out the website.
DBSA – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Are you looking to take your involvement in getting help for yourself or someone you love a step further? Then Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance should be your next stop. DBSA offers a broad array of support in the form of podcasts, webinars, and low-cost resources. There’s even a feature where you can submit a question to be answered by a doctor! There are also online or in-person support groups you or a loved one can attend. Click here to dive into the website.
If you’re in search of more information, this list is your surefire way to start!
Full Disclosure: Although my opinions and recommendations are wholly mines, I’m an Amazon Affiliate. Therefore, if you buy any of the books I mentioned, I receive a little change– No extra cost to you, of course 😊.