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.

Author: Bev Cobain  

When Nothing Matters Any More: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens
Author: Bev Cobain
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Revised & Updated Edition edition (March 20, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1575422352
ISBN-13: 978-1575422350

A cousin of Kurt Cobain wrote this book as a way of dealing with his death, and to reach out to teens with hope.

Type: Books   Category: Adolescents 12- 18
Author: Tracy Anglada  

Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: BPChildren (August 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981739644
ISBN-13: 978-0981739649

Tracy Anglada, the founder of BPChildren, wrote this book on pediatric bipolar disorder with potential social workers and counselors in mind.

Author: National Institute of Mental Health  

Easy-to-read NIMH booklet, free to order in print or download, with answers to many questions parents have about bipolar disorder.

List of hotlines for a wide range of mental health issues

Type: Web Sites   Category: Adult Patients

If you need immediate help or if you are having thoughts of death or suicide,
call 1-800-273-TALK or, if you need immediate assistance, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.

Coping with a Crisis
Suicide Prevention Information

Type: Web Sites

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Through training and technical assistance, legal support, and legislative advocacy, NDRN works to create a society in which people with disabilities are afforded equality of opportunity and are able to fully participate by exercising choice and self-determination. Learn more about NDRN.

Type: Web Sites   Category: Adult Patients

Treatment Center in Chicago's North Shore area
Jean Paul Ohadi Resource Center

from their web site:

"Located at The Josselyn Center for Mental Health, The Jean Paul Ohadi Resource Center houses information related to children and adolescents with bipolar disorders.

The Resource Center is designed to:

Aspen Achievement Academy
98 South Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Loa, UT 84747

“Aspen Education Group is recognized nationwide as the leading provider of education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. As the largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs, Aspen offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose a setting that best meets a student's unique academic and emotional needs.

Author: Lizzie Simon  

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Washington Square Press (June 17, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0743446607

Book Description (from amazon)

Type: Books   Category: Adolescents 12- 18
Author: Kowatch, et al  

Treatment guidelines for children and adolescents with bipolar disorder, that includes diagnosis, comorbidity, acute treatment, and maintenance treatment.

This is a pdf document available for download on the Balanced Mind Foundation's web site.

The article was published by Robert A Kowatch, MD, et al, in the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 44:3, March 2005.

Type: Articles, Downloads   Category: Clinicians, Researchers