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Bipolar disorder

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Disclaimer: we have not evaluated these apps. They are listed in alphabetical order, not order of effectiveness.

Calm - guided mindfulness meditation for smartphones and tablets; $13.99/month

Headspace - guided meditation for smartphones and tablets; free 10 day trial then $12.95/month Read more about Headspace: "The Science of Meditation" and "HeadSpace Research"

MediSafe - medication reminder for smartphones and tablets; $6.99

MoodKit - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy app for iPhone and iPad; $6.99

Pacifica - holistic tools to address stress, anxiety and depression for smartphones, tablets and web; free 7 day trial then $5.49/month

SuperBetter - helps build personal resilience for smartphones, tablets and web; free

T2 Mood Tracker - monitor and track emotional health for smartphones and tablets; free

What’s My M3 - mood tracker for patients and clinicians to monitor trends over time for smartphones and tablets; free

Self-help books »

Available in the Sunnybrook library:

  • The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What you and your family need to know, 2nd Edition (Miklowitz, Guilford Press: 2011)
  • Coping with Bipolar Disorder : a CBT-informed guide to living with manic depression (Jones, Hawyard and Lam, Oneworld Publications: 2009)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition (Segal, Williams and Teasdale, Guilford Press: 2013)

Not available in the Sunnybrook library:

  • Mind Over Mood, Second Edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think (Greenberger and Padesky, Guilford Press: 2015)
  • The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder (Van Dijk, New Harbinger: 2009)
  • Living with Someone Who’s Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers (Lowe and Cohen, Jossey-Bass: 2010)
  • This Fragile Life: A Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son (Pierce-Baker: 2012)
  • Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach (Miklowitz, Guilford Press: 2010)
  • New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder (Birmaher, Harmony: 2004)

Informational books »

Available in the Sunnybrook library:

  • Understanding Mental Disorders: A Patient and Family Resource (American Psychiatric Association: 2015)

Not available in the Sunnybrook library:

  • An Unquiet Mind (Redfield Jamison, Vintage: 1997)

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Last updated: July 2021