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Mood Disorders Bibliography - Biographical

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The entire list exceeds 100 books. The following is a biographical
genre subset of the list for brevity. A seperate posting will follow
at some point, with non-fiction books.

Certainly, not all the books are entirely about mood disorders, but as
with many people in this global self-help community, they are dealing
with more than one issue too.

This list is only possible with your help, so scan your book shelves, 
browse through your local library or book store, bug your friends, and 
send in any books you don't find on this list, or make corrections and 
additions. The only reason these books are on this list is because
has submitted them.

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mood disorders, will be able to empower themselves through the 
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Genre: Biographical

Title: A Brilliant Madness:  Living with Manic Depressive Illness
Author: Patty Duke (Anna Pearce) and Gloria Hochman
Publisher: Bantam Books, 1992
ISBN: 0-553-07256-0
Comments: Patty Duke's very personal account of her struggle with 
manic-depression. Duke writes every other chapter, while Hochman writes 
about the more clinical aspects of manic-depression.

Title: A Season in Hell
Author: Percy Knauth
Publisher: Harper and Row, 1975
Comments: Hard to come by.

Title: An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Author: Jamison, Kay Redfield
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995
ISBN: 0-679-44374-6
Comments: Dr. Jamison's personal testimony of her own struggle with 
manic-depressive illness since adolescence, and how it has shaped her 
life. She shows tremendous courage in writing the book at all, for the 
stigma attached to all mental illness, including manic-depressive
is very real. Since she herself is a professor psychiatry, and a 
world-class authority on manic-depression, this book represents a
"coming out of the closet", so to speak.

Title: Beast (The): A Reckoning with Depression
Author: Tracy Thompson
Publisher: Putnma and Sons, 1995
Comments: Thompson is a reporter, and has appeared on TV regarding her 
battles with depression.

Title: Beyond the Darkness: My Near-Death Journey to the Edge of Hell
Author: Angie Fenimore
Publisher: , 1995
Comments: An autobiography of a suicide. An alternative to the "embraced 
by the light" journeys so well documented in many other books. Excerpt: 
"I began to fear that if people didn't hear the other side of the near-
death experience, they might interpret these marvelous accounts to mean
that suicide could bring release from their problems. As I learned,
could be further from the truth."

Title: Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me
Author: Marlon Brando, with Robert Lindsey
Publisher: Random House, NY,, 1994
ISBN: 0-679-4103-9
Comments: In Brando's own words, a record of his own struggle with 
emotions including depression, rage, anxiety. 

Title: Breaking the Silence
Author: Marriette Hartley
Comments: About the actresses struggles with coming to terms with the 
suicide of her father and her advocacy work in preventing suicide.

Title: Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke
Author: Patty Duke (Anna Pearce) (with Kenneth Duran)
Publisher: Bantam Books, 1987
ISBN: 0-553-05209-9
Comments: Patty Duke's autobiography.

Title: Darkness Visible:  A Memoir of Madness
Author: William Styron
Publisher: Vintage, 1990
ISBN: 0-679-73639-5
Comments: Good, but not great, heavy writing style with not much info. 
--Barbara Zak, zakba@UMDNJ.EDU

Title: Frost and Flower: My Life with Manic Depression
Author: Kaye Gibbons
Publisher: Wisteria Press, Atlanta, 1995
Comments: Limited edition. Writer's struggle with manic depression.

Title: Holiday of Darkness: A Psychologist's Personal Journey Out of His 
Author: Norman S. Elder
Publisher: Wiley, 1982
Comments: This is a bit old, and hard to come by, but written by a 
psychologist about his depression.  Interesting, but it seemed to me
his depression was on the mild side. --Barbara Zak, zakba@UMDNJ.EDU

Title: Hope and Recovery: A Mother-Daughter Story about Anorexia
Bulimia, and Manic Depression
Author: Emma Lou Thayne and Becky Thayne Markosian
Publisher: Franklin Watts Inc., NY, 1992
ISBN: 0-531-11140-7
Comments: A cowritten story of a young woman's struggle with these 
illnesses, and how she came out the other side.

Title: Imbroglio:  Rising to the Challenge of Borderline Personality 
Author: Janice M.  Cauwels
Publisher: Norton, 1992
ISBN: 0-393-03349-X

Title: On the Edge of Darkness:  Coversations about Conquering
Author: Kathy Cronkite
Publisher: Doubleday, 1994
ISBN: 0-385-42194-X
Comments: Written by Walter Cronkites daughter. Features a variety of 
personal stories by herself , other celebrities, and famous people about 
their experiences with depression.

Title: Prozac Nation:  Young and Depressed in America
Author: Elizabeth Wurtzel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994
ISBN: 0-395-68093-x
Comments: A great book, easily readable. I've felt the same experiences 
and had the same questions and conclusions in my mind as the young 
author, Wurtzel. This is an important, and timely book, not just for 
twentynothings. If you find that people cannot understand your 
depression, maybe you should hand them this book to read. --Contributor.
Ad notes: "An electrifying memoir about a young woman's 5-year battle

Title: Speaking of Sadness
Author: David Karp
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1996
Comments: Book by a Sociology professor, writing about his own 
depression.  It is heavy reading. --Barbara Zak, zakba@UMDNJ.EDU

Title: Undercurrents
Author: Marth Manning
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994
Comments: Good book, written by a psychotherapist about her own bout
depression. --Barbara Zak, zakba@UMDNJ.EDU

Title: We Heard the Angels of Madness:  One Family's Struggle with Manic 
Author: Diane and Lisa Berger
ISBN: 0-688-09178-4
Comments: Forwarded by Alexander Vuckovic, M.D. It was written by a 
mother who had a son stricken by manic-depression at 19 and the rough
they walked to get him the help he needed. Very heartfelt and well

Compilation Copyright (C) 1996, 1997, 1998 The Self-Help Information
Center, a service of the Self-Help Informatics Coalition. Comments are
not necessarily the opinions of the Self-Help Informatics Coalition.

Special thanks to Joy A. Ikelman <>, and Barbara Zak
<zakba@UMDNJ.EDU>, Laura <> for major contributions.
And thanks to everyone and anyone who has contributed.


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