How does one find good therapists, psychiatrists, or school counselors? What books should I read about bipolar disorder? What are some good informational websites? And what do all these strange psychiatric terms mean?

Despite the greater access to information about mental health available on the web, many persons with bipolar disorder and their family members cannot find needed services. This is because all of this information is in different places. In this section, we bring together much of the information you’ll need to learn to cope with bipolar disorder in yourself or a loved one. To start, we offer a “Glossary of Terms” that provides definitions of the more difficult concepts you’ll run across.

81 Sabbaday Lane
Washington, CT 06793

The Glenholme School is a specialized boarding school that provides a therapeutic program and exceptional learning environment to address varying levels of academic, social and emotional development in boys and girls ages 10 to 18.

The goal is to prepare our graduates for continued education in traditional schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities.

Grove School
175 Copse Road
Madison, CT 06443

“Grove School strives to be a therapeutic milieu for young people who are experiencing emotional and learning challenges that affect the quality of their lives. By weaving our various facets into a seamless whole, we provide an extraordinary opportunity for personal growth and the development of meaningful relationships.”

King George School
2684 King George Farm Road
Sutton, VT 05867

Boarding school recommended by parents of a bipolar teen

SUWS Troubled Teens Wilderness Programs
911 Preacher Creek Road
Shoshone, ID 83352

"In addition to being one of the nation’s premier therapeutic teen wilderness programs, SUWS is also the longest continually operating program in the United States.

Since the day in 1981 that we accepted our first class, SUWS has been providing innovative and effective therapeutic wilderness experiences for adolescents, teens, and young adults who are struggling with a range of issues and challenges.

The guide includes information about health insurance, child custody, allegations of abuse, the juvenile justice system, consent for treatment, disclosure of medical information, finding attorneys and advocates, suggestions for workers in the Juvenile Justice System, and other resources.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

Type: Web Sites   Category: Adult Patients
Author: Patrick E. Jamieson, Moira A. Rynn  

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (August 15, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0195309057
ISBN-13: 978-0195309058

From the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series, Mind Race is written from a teenager's perspective on what it is like to be bipolar.

Type: Books   Category: Adolescents 12- 18
Author: Cait Irwin  

Conquering the Beast Within: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Bipolar Disorder
by Cait Irwin
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press; First Paperback Edition edition (September 8, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0812932471
ISBN-13: 978-0812932478

The story of a young teenager's battle with depression

Type: Books   Category: Adolescents 12- 18
Author: Mary Ellen Copeland, Stuart Copans  

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Paul H Brookes Pub Co; Revised edition (March 31, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1557665923
ISBN-13: 978-1557665928

From amazon: "Interactive workbook, for teens, explores ways to deal with suicidal thoughts, change negative behaviors, reach out to friends and family, reduce stress, avoid substance abuse, solve problems, recognize triggers of depression, and focus on dreams and goals. Includes tips, brain-storming activities, checklists, and more."

Type: Books   Category: Adolescents 12- 18