“Fuente de juventud?” Tal vez

Un medicamento que puede revertir los aspectos del envejecimiento ha sido probado con fuente de juventud? éxito en animales, dicen los científicos. Ellos han rejuvenecido ratones viejos para restaurar su resistencia, capa de la piel e incluso algunos la función del órgano. El equipo de la Universidad Erasmus Medical Center, en los Países Bajos, están planeando ensayos en humanos de lo que esperan es un tratamiento para la vejez. Un científico del Reino Unido dijo que los resultados eran “imposible despedir”, pero mantuvo que las preguntas sin respuesta.

El enfoque funciona por el lavado de las células senescentes o “retirados” en el cuerpo que han dejado de dividirse. Se acumulan naturalmente con la edad y tienen un papel en la cicatrización de heridas y tumores de parada. Pero mientras aparecen para sentarse allí, las células senescentes liberan sustancias químicas que causan inflamación y han sido implicados en el envejecimiento. El grupo de científicos creó una droga que mató selectivamente las células senescentes al alterar el equilibrio químico dentro de ellos. “Soy muy rebelde, gente insistía que estaba loco por tratar y por las tres primeras veces que ellos estaban en lo correcto,” Dr. Peter de Keizer a la BBC.

‘Loco’

En el cuarto intento que tenía algo que parecía funcionar.

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Se probó en ratones que eran simplemente vieja (el equivalente a 90 años humanos), aquellos genéticamente programadas para envejecer muy rápidamente y los mayores por la quimioterapia. Los resultados, publicados en la revista Cell, mostraron la función hepática fue restaurada fácilmente y los animales se duplicó la distancia que correrían en una rueda.

El Dr. de Keizer, dijo: “No estábamos planeando para mirar el pelo, pero era demasiado obvio para perder.”

También dijo que había una gran cantidad de resultados “grises” – cosas que parecían mejorar en algunos ratones, pero no todos. El fármaco se administra tres veces a la semana y los experimentos han tenido lugar durante casi un año. No hay signos de efectos secundarios, pero “los ratones no hablan”, dijo el Dr. De Keizer. Sin embargo, se cree el fármaco tendría poco o ningún efecto sobre los tejidos normales.

Cuando se le preguntó si se trataba de un medicamento para el envejecimiento, el Dr. Keizer le dijo a la BBC: “. Eso espero, pero la prueba del pudín está en el comer como usted

dice “En términos de trabajo de ratón que estamos más o menos hecho, nos podría mirar a enfermedades específicas relacionadas con la edad por ejemplo, la osteoporosis, pero ahora debe prepararse para la traducción clínica.” Al comentar los resultados, el Dr. Dusko Ilic, un científico de células madre en el Kings College de Londres, dijo:” El hallazgo es imposible descartar.

“[Pero] hasta que haya más investigación de alta calidad se hace, es mejor que ser reservado sobre estos hallazgos.”Aunque, no me sorprendería que los fabricantes tratan de sacar provecho de esto y, en pocos años, se podía comprar este péptido como un suplemento sin receta médica.”

ProfIlaria Bellantuono, profesor en Envejecimiento  de Musculoesqueléticos de la Universidad de Sheffield, pidió realizar más pruebas en el “corazón, músculo, metabólicas, y la función cognitiva “,pero añadió:” el uso de este péptido en los pacientes es muy lejos.  Se requiere una cuidadosa consideración acerca de la seguridad, sobre el grupo apropiado de pacientes en los que este péptido puede ser beneficioso en un período razonable de tiempo para que los efectos positivos se pueden medir fácilmente a un precio asequible.”

Fuente:  (ingles) BBC Drug ‘reverses’ ageing in animal tests 23 de de marzo de 2017

 

This is the MCS Advocacy Letter I will be circulating for New York, Join me if you wish

Dear Sir or Madam:

My name is William Jiang, MLS and I am exquisitely chemically sensitive to the extent it almost took my life three years ago. Let me tell you a tale I’m lucky I am alive to tell. I was stricken with an illness that had no name while attending CUNY Baruch going for an MBA. I could not even take the trains or buses because they were “too clean”. How so? I had a battery of tests for my symptom of an illness that few mainstream medical practitioners would even consider exists. My symptom? I choked on any air that had even minute amounts of cleaning products or other man-made chemicals in it. Believe it or not, they clean the buses, trains, and subway. All tests came up negative. You can imagine that the mystery of my illness and my despair deepened.

Things went from bad to worse.  I was homeless on the streets of Manhattan in the cold autumn months of 2014 despite the help of my friends and loved ones. I went without sleep for six straight days because my landlord decided to do some welding of a heater in my bedroom, making it unlivable, and my backup, my parents home, was rendered temporarily unlivable due to industrial chemicals that were being used in a construction site nearby. I could not even go to a homeless shelter due to my exquisite sensitivity to cleaning products. I am lucky to be alive because after six days of no sleep some friends of mine had a place that was barely chemically-neutral enough to sleep for 17 hours straight. After three more sleepless days and nights after this needed, nourishing sleep, I was able to return to my parents home to the jubilation of my entire family. The construction site chemicals that nobody else even noticed had dissipated from our living space.  Let me tell you, I was so drained. I am a man of 6’2” and wide in the shoulder, yet I sank to my knees and cried when I realized survival, a lost dream, was a possibility. My point is that my issue, called by Environmental Medicine Practitioners in the United States, MCS or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity can be life threatening even with much  support.

I am not alone. There are thousands of people in the United States with MCS. As of today, no government agency on the local, state, nor federal level specifically supports the right to live of people with MCS with strong tangible action and help. This is the reason for this letter. I and the undersigned from New York petition you who have the power, for tangible help for this small, marginalized, and as of yet totally disenfranchised community. People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities desperately need access and accessibility to special housing, transportation, and medical care. Thank you for your attention, and God bless.

 

Sincerely,

 

William Jiang, MLS and the undersigned

 

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If you wish to “sign” the letter please send me your name, post address,  and photo or scan of you signature to kd3qc@yahoo.com also check my FEDERAL Petition at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/help-chemically-sensitive-acquire-special-housing-medical-care-and-transportation-among-other-needs

Caminar para salud mental y fisical como los Tsimane de Bolivia

Caminar como un Tsimane de Bolivia: Para Salud

Caminar para salud mental y fisical
Caminé 1,000 millas en 3 meses para este foto aqui.

Tengo mucho respeto para los Tsimane de Bolivia. ¿Cuáles son los Tsimane de Bolivia, y por qué son importantes? El Tsimane son una tribu fuera de contacto con la modernidad en la Amazonía de Bolivia, pero tienen los “corazones más sanos del mundo” debido a su alto contenido de fibra, alta contenido de plantas en la dieta con aproximadamente el 15% de sus calorías de carnes magras y también grasas, el resto, es aproximadamente el 70% carbohidratos. Esta dieta no suena tan saludable porque tienen tantos carbohidratos! No se preocupe, el promedio Tsimane camina más de 6,5 millas por día cuando son mayores de 60 años; y las mujeres que son menores de 60 años, caminan un promedio de 8 millas por día. Las mujeres queman alrededor de 1.200 calorías por día caminando. Son todos los atletas de verdad!

Yo caminaba hasta 10 millas por día, pero tuve que parar por la dolorosa condición de pie llamada plantar fascitis debido al zapatos inadecuados y la falta de estiramiento. Aspiro a empezar a caminar largas distancias de nuevo algunos días después de las inyecciones Amniofix para reparar mis pies. Deséame suerte mi gente. Y tú. Caminar un poco más! Nosotros como sociedad sentamos demasiado en estos días. ¿Y para qué? El salir para caminar se siente muy bien, si puede hacerlo. No es necesario para correr una maratón cada día. Sólo hay que andar más, como un Tsimane.

La guía del Bibliotecario Médico: Ansiedad, Depresión, Bipolar, y Esquizofrenia: Nutrición y Terapias Complementarias por William Jiang, MLS

La síntesis de Mentalhealthbooks.net por el autor William Jiang, MLS (echa un vistazo a sus libros aquí): Una dieta alta en carbohidratos de calidad ayuda a la ira y la depresión, siempre y cuando haga ejercicio. Su cabeza se sentirá mejor si imitan los Tsimane de Bolivia así. Además, caminar mucho, no sólo es bueno para el corazón, pero también le va a perder peso. Más allá de esos beneficios, recuerdo que mi hambre era mucho más bajo control cuando caminaba más, lo que mejora el beneficio. También, caminar más es bueno para la salud del cerebro y el sistema nervioso. Tomar una buena caminata rápida todos los días combate la depresión y la ansiedad. Sentado delante de Facebook no se ayuda luchar contra la depresión y la ansiedad.
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Walking- Mental and Physical Health Benefits- The Tsimane

Forget about Walking Like an Egyptian- Walk like a Tsimane of Bolivia

Best Books About Schizophrenia
I had walked 1,000 miles in 3 months for this book photo.

I give the Tsimane of Bolivia much respect. Who are the Tsimane of Bolivia, and why should I care? The Tsimane are a tribe out of touch with modernity in the Amazon of Bolivia, but they have the “healthiest hearts in the world” because of their high fiber, high plant-content diet with about 15% of their calories from lean meats and fats, the rest, about 70% from carbohydrates. This diet does not sound so healthy because they have so many carbs! Do not worry, the average Tsimane walks over 6.5 miles per day when they are over 60; and the women who are under 60, they average 8 miles per day. The women burn about 1,200 calories per day walking. They’re all endurance athletes!

I used to walk up to 10 miles per day but was sidelined by the painful foot condition called plantar fasciitis due to inappropriate footwear and lack of stretching. I aspire to start walking long distances again some day after Amniofix injections to repair my feet. Wish me luck people. And YOU. Walk a little more! We as a society sit too much these days. And for what? Getting out for a brisk walk feels really good, if you can do it.  You do not need to run a marathon every day. Just walk more, like a Tsimane.walking heart health mental health

The Mentalhealthbooks.net synthesis of it all by author William Jiang, MLS (check out his books about health and wellness here): A diet high in quality carbohydrates helps with anger and depression as long as you get exercise. Your head will feel better if you mimic the Tsimane of Bolivia. Also, walking a lot not only is good for the heart, but also you will lose weight. Beyond those benefits, I remember that my hunger was much more under control when I walked more, compounding the benefit. As if that were not enough, walking more is good for the health of the brain and nervous system. Taking a good brisk walk every day fights depression and anxiety. Sitting in front of Facebook is not fighting your depression and anxiety. Maybe check out my new book about heart health and be a heart superstar: The Medical Librarian’s Guide to a Naturally Healthy Heart and Circulatory System.

Read more abou the Tsimane here  

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

 

La raza y la salud mental en los EEUU: Las Estadisticas (2017)

La raza y la salud mental en los EEUU: Las Estadisticas (2017)

raza salud mental estadisticas

 

Leí en el artículo de US News and World Report “Dying Preventable Deaths Suicide, alcohol and drug abuse are raising death rates for white, middle-aged Americans” (Las Muertes se pueden prevenir: Suicidio, alcohol, y abuso de drogas, están subiendo la tasa de mortalidad para caucásicos, de media edad) Por Lloyd Sederer, publicó el 4 de noviembre, 2015 que, Los hombres blancos de mediana edad (45-55 años de edad) están muriendo más rápido que cualquier otro grupo. Así que eso duele, como un hombre de casi 45, me hizo pensar acerca de la relación entre la raza y la salud mental. Resulta que muchos de nosotros necesitamos ayuda. Estas son las estadísticas sobre la raza y la salud mental entre los no blancos en los Estados Unidos de hoy en día:

Estadísticas de Salud Mental de los Latinos

De Mentalhealthamerica.net

(http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/latinohispanic-communities-and-mental-health )

Las tasas de prevalencia entre los estadounidenses latinos nacidos en los EE.UU. son más bajos que los de los blancos no latinos, varían entre los grupos étnicos, y son más altas en los latinos nacidos en Estados Unidos que en los latinos nacidos en el extranjero. De acuerdo con el artículo de 2008, “La prevalencia de la enfermedad mental en inmigrantes y no-inmigrantes de Grupos latinos en Estados Unidos” [3]:

  • Las tasas de prevalencia son más del 50 por ciento para los blancos no latinos nacidos en los EE.UU., en comparación con el 30 y  40 por ciento para poblaciones de latinos nacidos en los EE.UU.
  • Entre latinos nacidos en EE.UU., los mexicano-americanos y puertorriqueños tienen tasas de prevalencia durante la vida comparables, alrededor del 40 por ciento, mientras que los cubano-americanos y otros latinos tienen tasas de prevalencia de vida más cercano al 30 por ciento.
  • Entre los inmigrantes, los cubano-americanos, americanos, mexicanos y otros latinos todos tienen tasas de prevalencia por debajo de 30 por ciento.

A pesar de estos tipos generalmente más bajos, de acuerdo con datos de los CDC reportados en 2012 [4]:

  • Los hombres  adolescentes latinos de secundaria son más propensos a reportar pensamientos suicidas que los blancos no latinos (10,7 por ciento frente a 10,5 por ciento), y más probabilidades de intentar suicidarse (6,9 por ciento frente al 4,6 por ciento).
  • Las mujeres adolescentes latinas de secundaria son más propensos a reportar pensamientos suicidas que las mujeres blancas no latinas (20,2 por ciento a 16,1 por ciento), y más intento de suicidio, así (13,5 por ciento a 7,9 por ciento).
  • Como sugieren los datos de los CDC, las mujeres jóvenes latinas tienen casi el doble de probabilidades que los varones a pensar en el suicidio y al intento de suicidio.

 

Estadísticas de Salud Mental de los Afrodescendientes  

Esdatisticas A partir de Mentalhealthamerica.net http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/african-american-mental-health)

De acuerdo con la Oficina estadounidense de salud de las minorías HHS [3]:

  • Los adultos estadounidenses/afrodescendientes  son 20 por ciento más propensos a reportar los trastornos psicológicos graves que los adultos caucásicos.
  • Adultos afrodescendientes que viven por debajo de la pobreza tienen tres veces más probabilidades de presentar trastornos psicológicos graves que los que viven por encima de la pobreza.  
  • Adultos americanos afrodescendientes son más propensos a tener sentimientos de tristeza, desesperanza, falta de valor  que los blancos adultos.
  • Y mientras que los americanos afrodescendientes tienen menos probabilidades que los blancos de morir por suicidio en la adolescencia, los estadounidenses afrodescendientes adolescentes son más propensos a intentar el suicidio que adolescentes blancos (v. 8.3 por ciento 6.2 por ciento).

Los americanos afrodescendientes de todas las edades son más propensos a ser víctimas de delitos violentos graves que los blancos no hispanos, haciéndolos más propensos a cumplir con los criterios de diagnóstico para el trastorno de estrés post-traumático (TEPT). Los americanos afrodescendientes también tienen el doble de probabilidades que los blancos no hispanos de ser diagnosticados con esquizofrenia. [4]

Problemas de tratamiento

  • Americanos afrodescendientes hoy en día representan más porcentaje en nuestras cárceles y prisiones. La gente de color es el 60 por ciento de la población reclusa. Los americanos afrodescendientes también representan el 37 por ciento de las detenciones por drogas, pero son sólo 14 por ciento de los usuarios habituales de drogas (el consumo de drogas ilegales se asocia frecuentemente con la automedicación entre las personas con enfermedades mentales). [6]
  • Debido a que menos del 2 por ciento de los miembros de la Asociación Americana de Psicología son afrodescendientes, algunos se preocupan de que los profesionales de atención de salud mental no son lo suficientemente competentes culturalmente para tratar sus problemas específicos. [7] Esto se ve agravado por el hecho de que algunos pacientes afroamericanos han informado que experimentan racismo y microagression de los terapeutas. [8]
  • El estigma y el juicio impide  que los estadounidenses afrodescendientes busquen tratamiento para sus enfermedades mentales. Las investigaciones indican que los americanos afrodescendientes creen que por la depresión o ansiedad leves serían considerados “locos” en sus círculos sociales. Por otra parte, muchos creen que las discusiones sobre la enfermedad mental no serían apropiadas incluso entre familiares. [9]


Estadísticas de Salud Mental de los  Asiaticos

De mentalhealthamerica.net

(http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/asian-americanpacific-islander-communities-and-mental-health)

De acuerdo con los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de las Enfermedades, [2] en general, los asiáticos americanos reportan menos problemas de salud mental que los blancos. Sin embargo:

  • El 18,9 por ciento de los estudiantes de secundaria asiáticos estadounidenses han considerando el suicidio, en comparación con el 15,5 por ciento de los blancos.
  • 10,8 por ciento de los estudiantes de secundaria asiáticos americanos experimentan un intento de suicidio, frente al 6,2 por ciento de los blancos.
  • Mujeres adolescentes de escuela secundaria en América son dos veces más propensas (15 por ciento) a tener el intento de suicidio que los hombres (7 por ciento).
  • Las tasas de mortalidad por suicidio son 30 por ciento más en las de mujeres de origen asiático de 15-24 años de edad que para las mujeres blancas (5,3 frente a 4,0).
  • Las tasas de mortalidad de suicidio entre las mujeres de origen asiático en los 65+ años de edad son más altos que para las mujeres blancas (4.8 a 4.5).

William Jiang, MLS es un ex Jefe de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Columbia y autor de 63 libros, incluyendo la autobiografía exitosa Entre la Esquizofrenia y Mi Voluntad: Una Historia de Locura y Esperanza. Un enlace a su página de Autor Amazon y su blog se encuentra en http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

 

Race and Mental Health in the United States: The Statistics (2017)

Race and Mental Health in the United States: The Statistics, The Facts (2017)

I read in the US News and World Report article that “Dying Preventable Deaths Suicide, alcohol and drug abuse are raising death rates for white, middle-aged Americans”.By Lloyd Sederer, Opinion Contributor published on Nov. 4, 2015 that.White, middle-aged males aged 45-55 are dying faster than any other group. So that hurts, as a male aged 44. So, that made me think about the question of race and mental health. It turns out that MANY of us need help. Here are the statistics about race and mental health among non-whites in the United States of today:

Latino Mental Health Statistics

From Mentalhealthamerica.net

(http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/latinohispanic-communities-and-mental-health)

Lifetime prevalence rates among Latino Americans born in the U.S. are lower than those for non-Latino whites, vary among ethnic groups, and are higher among U.S.-born Latinos than they are among foreign-born Latinos. According to the 2008 article, “Prevalence of Mental Illness in Immigrant and Non-Immigrant U.S. Latino Groups” [3]:

  • Lifetime prevalence rates are more than 50 percent for non-Latino whites born in the U.S., versus between 30 and 40 percent for Latino populations born in the U.S.
  • Among U.S. born Latinos, Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans have comparable lifetime prevalence rates, around 40 percent, while Cuban Americans and other Latinos have lifetime prevalence rates closer to 30 percent.
  • Among immigrants, Cuban Americans, Mexican Americans, and other Latinos all have lifetime prevalence rates below 30 percent.

Despite these generally lower rates, according to CDC data reported in 2012 [4]:

  • Latino high school males are just as likely to report suicidal thinking as non-Latino whites (10.7 percent versus 10.5 percent), and more likely to attempt suicide (6.9 percent versus 4.6 percent).
  • Latino high school females are more likely to report suicidal thinking than non-Latino white females (20.2 percent to 16.1 percent) , and more like to attempt suicide as well (13.5 percent to 7.9 percent).
  • As the CDC data suggest, young Latino females are nearly twice as likely as males both to think about suicide and to attempt suicide.

Black Mental Health Statistics

From Mentalhealthamerica.net )http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/african-american-mental-health)

According to the US HHS Office of Minority Health [3]:

  • Adult Black/African Americans are 20 percent more likely to report serious psychological distress than adult whites.
  • Adult Black/African Americans living below poverty are three times more likely to report serious psychological distress than those living above poverty.  
  • Adult Black/African Americans are more likely to have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness than are adult whites.
  • And while Black/African Americans are less likely than white people to die from suicide as teenagers, Black/African Americans teenagers are more likely to attempt suicide than are white teenagers (8.3 percent v. 6.2 percent).

Black/African Americans of all ages are more likely to be victims of serious violent crime than are non-Hispanic whites, making them more likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Black/African Americans are also twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. [4]

Treatment Issues

  • Black/African Americans today are over-represented in our jails and prisons.  People of color account for 60 percent of the prison population. Black/African Americans also account for 37 percent of drug arrests, but only14 percent of regular drug users (illicit drug use is frequently associated with self-medication among people with mental illnesses). [6]
  • Because less than 2 percent of American Psychological Association members are Black/African American, some may worry that mental health care practitioners are not culturally competent enough to treat their specific issues. [7] This is compounded by the fact that some Black/African American patients have reported experiencing racism and microaggression from therapists. [8]
  • Stigma and judgment prevents Black/African Americans from seeking treatment for their mental illnesses. Research indicates that Black/African Americans believe that mild depression or anxiety would be considered “crazy” in their social circles. Furthermore, many believe that discussions about mental illness would not be appropriate even among family. [9]

Asian Mental Health

From mentalhealthamerica.net

(http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/asian-americanpacific-islander-communities-and-mental-health)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [2], in general Asian Americans report fewer mental health concerns than do whites.  However:

  • 18.9 percent of Asian American high school students report considering suicide, versus 15.5 percent of whites.
  • 10.8 percent of Asian American high school students report having attempted suicide, versus 6.2 percent of whites.
  • Asian American high school females are twice as likely (15 percent) to have attempted suicide than males (7 percent).
  • Suicide death rates are 30 percent higher for 15-24 year old Asian American females than they are for white females (5.3 versus 4.0).
  • Suicide death rates for 65+ year old Asian American females are higher than they are for white females (4.8 to 4.5).

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net

 

Best Books About Bipolar Disorder

Best Books about Bipolar as Curated by former Columbia Psychiatry Library Chief

Best books about bipolarBienvenidos! My name is William Jiang, MLS and I was the Chief of the Patient Library at Columbia Psychiatry / New York State Psychiatric Institute for almost a decade from 2004-2011. According to the Surgeon General, more than one in four people in the United States struggles with mental health issues: anxiety, bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and more.  Bipolar disorder used to be called manic-depression. The following were the best books about bipolar of the Columbia Psychiatry Patient Library during my tenure and of today.

Best Books about Bipolar DisorderBest Books About Depression

  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison “An international authority on manic-depressive illness, and one of the few women who are full professors of medicine at American Universities – a remarkable personal testimony: the revelation of her own struggle since adolescence with manic depression, and how it shaped her life. With vivid prose and wit, she takes us into the fascinating and dangerous territory of this form of madness – a world in which one pole can be the alluring dark land ruled by what Byron called the “melancholy star of the imagination,” and the other a desert of depression and, all too frequently, death.”
  • Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania by Andy Behrman “Electroboy is an emotionally frenzied memoir that reveals with kaleidoscopic intensity the terrifying world of manic depression. For years Andy Behrman hid his raging mania behind a larger-than-life personality. He sought a high wherever he could find one and changed jobs the way some people change outfits: filmmaker, PR agent, art dealer, stripper-whatever made him feel like a cartoon character, invincible and bright. Misdiagnosed by psychiatrists and psychotherapists for years, his condition exacted a terrible price: out-of-control euphoric highs and tornado-like rages of depression that put his life in jeopardy.”
  • Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies by William Jiang, MLS “In this useful guide, Jiang gives a short practical summary of a wide variety of mental disorders ranging from the classical bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia to the more modern affliction of digital addictions. In each category, he supplies a list of non-pharmacologic treatments, providing for each item a reference with abstract. He also offers resources such as national networks and local support groups.” – Marjorie Ordene, MD
  • 100 Questions & Answers about Bipolar Disorder by Ava T. Albrecht  “Whether you’re a newly diagnosed patient, a friend, or relative, this book offers help. The only volume to provide both the doctor’s and patient’s views, 100 Questions & Answers About Bipolar (Manic-Depressive) Disorder, gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, coping strategies, sources of support, and much more. Written by a prominent psychiatrist, with actual patient commentary, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the medical, psychological, and emotional turmoil of this debilitating condition.”
  • Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness by Jessie Close “In RESILIENCE, Jessie dives into the dark and dangerous shadows of mental illness without shying away from its horror and turmoil. With New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Pete Earley, she tells of finally discovering the treatment she needs and, with the encouragement of her sister and others, the emotional fortitude to bring herself back from the edge.”
  • Touched With Fire: Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison “Drawing from the lives of artists such as Van Gogh, Byron and Virginia Woolf, Jamison examines the links between manic-depression and creativity.”
  • Shock by Kitty Dukakis “Kitty Dukakis has battled debilitating depression for more than twenty years. Coupled with drug and alcohol addictions that both hid and fueled her suffering, Kitty?s despair was overwhelming. She tried every medication and treatment available; none worked for long. It wasn’t until she tried electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, that she could reclaim her life. Kitty?s dramatic first-person account of how ECT keeps her illness at bay is half the story of Shock. The other half, by award winning medical reporter Larry Tye, is an engrossing look at the science behind ECT and its dramatic yet subterranean comeback. This book presents a full picture of ECT, analyzing the treatment’s risks along with its benefits. ECT, it turns out, is neither a panacea nor a scourge but a serious option for treating life threatening and disabling mental diseases, like depression, bipolar disorder, and others.”
  • A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy “Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care’s history in the country alongside his and every family’s private struggles. On May 5, 2006, the New York Times ran two stories, “Patrick Kennedy Crashes Car into Capitol Barrier” and then, several hours later, “Patrick Kennedy Says He’ll Seek Help for Addiction.” It was the first time that the popular Rhode Island congressman had publicly disclosed his addiction to prescription painkillers, the true extent of his struggle with bipolar disorder and his plan to immediately seek treatment. That could have been the end of his career, but instead it was the beginning. Since then, Kennedy has become the nation’s leading advocate for mental health and substance abuse care, research and policy both in and out of Congress. ”
  • Best books about bipolarThe Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams  “If you’ve ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to “think” our way out of a bad mood or just “snap out of it” lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life’s challenges with greater resilience. This enhanced e-book includes an audio program of guided meditations narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn.”
  • Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky “Developed by two master clinicians with extensive experience in cognitive therapy treatment and training, this popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy. The book is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with professional treatment. Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped hundreds of thousands people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems. Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings; change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships. The book’s large-size format facilitates reading and writing ease.”
  • The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know by David J. Miklowitz “Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward reclaiming your life from bipolar disorder. But if you or someone you love is struggling with the frantic highs and crushing lows of this illness, there are still many hurdles to surmount at home, at work, and in daily life. You need current information and practical problem-solving advice you can count on. You’ve come to the right place. Trusted authority Dr. David J. Miklowitz offers straight talk, true stories, and proven strategies that can help you achieve greater balance and free yourself from out-of-control moods. The updated second edition of this bestselling guide has the latest facts on medications and therapy, an expanded discussion of parenting issues for bipolar adults, and a new chapter, “For Women Only.”

 

I invite you to add your own favorite books about bipolar disorder in the comments.

In Health,

William Jiang, MLS

William Jiang, MLS is the Author of 63 books, including the bestselling books Guide to Natural Mental Health , 3rd ed and his critically-acclaimed autobiography A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. You can see a selection of his books about mental and physical health nicely laid out on his blog at http://www.mentalhealthbooks.net