For Women and Girls Only

This section contains resources that address the issues of women with bipolar disorder. As in other areas of health, women have specific needs that require an understanding of the complex interactions between moods, developmental transitions (e.g., menarche, pregnancy), biological correlates of aging, and other issues.
Our main recommendations are:

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for perinatal women with depression or bipolar spectrum disorder.

This study examined rates of mood improvement in 39 women who were perinatal (pregnant, postpartum, or planning pregnancy) and who had a lifetime history of major depression or bipolar disorder. The women participated in an 8-week course of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a group treatment focused on meditation practices. Participants with major depressive disorder (n = 27) reported improvements in depression from before to after the 8-week treatment, with no further mood deterioration by 6 months.

Women and Bipolar Disorder

The mental health social network Psych Central provides a two-page article on Women and Bipolar Disorder.

For Women Only: What You Need to Know about Bipolar Disorder

"For Women Only, What You Need to Know about Bipolar Disorder and Your Health," Chapter 12 of
The Bipolar Survival Guide, 2nd edition.

Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: The Guilford Press; Second Edition edition (December 15, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1606235427
ISBN-13: 978-1606235423

MBCT for Perinatal Women with Mood Disorders at UCLA

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."

Change and the Close Sisters

Bring Change 2 Mind Founder Glenn Close and her sister Jessie tell the personal story of how mental illness has affected their family.

Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women

To be a guiding force in fostering positive change for women across the globe, helping to generate sustainable solutions for today's pressing issues.

The Cécilia Attias Foundation for Women helps to actualize concrete improvement in the lives of women around the world by providing a strategic, financial, networking, and media platform for established nongovernmental organizations, social enterprises, and associations that champion the cause of women's equality and well-being.

The Balanced Mind Foundation

Parent-led; provides information and support to family members

The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.

The Balanced Mind Foundation envisions a world where children living with mood disorders thrive because their families have the resources, community and support they need.

Features: Plipswitch: a section of the site devoted to teens, with podcasts, chat rooms, for girls only and teen testimonials; newsletters

Brookhaven Retreat Comprehensive Recovery for Women

from their web site:

"Brookhaven Retreat is a unique voluntary residential program for women who want their lives to be different. The program is specially designed to help women to manage alcohol and medication challenges, depression, emotional trauma, bipolar disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, which leave a woman feeling trapped with no means to escape or ability to move forward successfully.

Brookhaven Retreat offers comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, including:

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, 2nd Edition

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know.
David J. Miklowitz, PhD
Publisher: The Guilford Press; Second Edition edition (December 15, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1606235427
ISBN-13: 978-1606235423