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: Ellen Frank  

A Clinician's Guide to Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy
Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (April 24, 2007)
ISBN-10: 159385465X
ISBN-13: 978-1593854652

Type: Books   Category: Clinicians

From the Childhood & Adolescent Mood Disorders Program web site, there are a series of downloadable pdfs on Family-Focused Treatment (FFT). There is a 93-page clinicians manual and a series of handouts for patients.

Type: Downloads   Category: Clinicians

Dr. David Miklowitz’s Bipolar Blog.

"The UCLA CHAMP clinic offers this service to the community as a way of providing answers to questions that can often take hours to research. I will try to answer your question as quickly as I can! If I don’t know the answer, I will consult with someone who does. Please be patient: I may not be able to respond to your question right away."

Author: Danielle Keenan-Miller, PhD, David J. Miklowitz, PhD  

Keenan-Miller Danielle, Miklowitz David J Interpersonal Functioning in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder .. Clinical Psychology Science and Practice. 2011; 8(4): 342-356.

This article reviews the research literature on "social cognition" (how the mind thinks about social relationships) in kids with bipolar disorder.

Type: Articles   Category: Researchers

Treatment and research on Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for pregnant women, funded in part by the Danny Alberts Foundation

"The purpose of MBCT is to reduce your chances of experiencing depression. This program is for women who have experienced a mood episode in the past, and who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or who have recently given birth."

Mental health treatment center specializing in mood disorders located in Los Angeles, California

Type: Web Sites   Category: Adult Patients, Clinicians

Equilibrium aims to become the foremost international partnership organisation working to advance the understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder; it also seeks to address the stigma and prejudice that often surrounds bipolar disorder.

Fund treatment and research for bipolar disorder

Type: Web Sites   Category: Adult Patients, Researchers

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

Type: Web Sites   Category: Researchers