What are the best books with manic depression and bi-polar theme?

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    #1Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted is written by Susanna Kaysen. With over 100 pages, this book is first published in 1994 by Vintage. In 2000, this book became a bestseller because of a movie based on this book.

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    Anthony Miller
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Girl Interrupted is a pretty okay novel I think this is one of those instances where the movie was acutally far better than the book, of course I did have the Hots for Anjelina Jolie at the time."
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    #2The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 

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    Daniel Fox
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Love this book, plan and simple. It can explain my own experiences so well. Depression can feel so suffocating and this is perfectly captured in this excellent book."
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    #3An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

    An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

    An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness is a non-fiction psychology book written by Kay Redfield Jamison. This memoir was originally published in 1995.

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    Lawrence Price
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a very powerful book which highlights different moods and possibilities of those with mental health. I would not say it is for everyone as it could be somewhat triggering but nonetheless it is powerful in its ability to showcase what it's trying to do."
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    #4The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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    Pranav Dasgupta
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is a classic at this point. I'm not a huge fan of this book as I think it does injustice covering manic depression and bi-polar disorder and is very unrealistic at doing so."
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    #5The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

    The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

    The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath is a posthumously published book. It contains the complete transcriptions of Sylvia Plath's journals and personal notes during the last twelve years of her life, from 1950 to 1962.

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    Bryan Burke
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Recently fallen in love with reading published journals, and Plath's is no exception. Here you find a raw stream of consciousness in her naturally attractive writing style. You cannot read a person's mind, but with writing you can come close. I've yet to finish it as it is a very large book and each entry takes time to digest unlike your average story that you can steamroll right through. But I'm very much enjoying the journey"
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    #6It's Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is published in 2007. In 2010, it was adapted into a film with the same title. It tells the story of a suicidal teenage guy who gets into a mental hospital wherein he learns stories of other people.

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    Sean Liang
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book was amazing. It started out a bit like a normal kids life. It told the story of Craig and how he coped with life dealing with his parents, school sister, and his friends. But the surprise was the journey of him silently struggling with his depression and anxiety. It also showed the darker side to someone secretly suffering from these mental illnesses. It really opens the readers eyes to what it really is like to be inside of a person eyes and life who suffers from this. It also gives the insight of how it is to go through treatement when you turn to help from a hospital when you want to kill yourself."
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    #7Autistic blessings and Bipolar me

    Autistic blessings and Bipolar me
    Autistic blessings and Bipolar me.: A Frank and Brutally Honest Diary of a Mother with Bipolar and Her Two Autistic Boys is a memoir written by E.J. Plows. This was first published in 2015.
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    David Carrasco
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This is a very relevant and recent book that covers the topics of manic depression and bi-polar depression. It's a true story told in a first person style from a mother struggling with these issues. If you simply want to learn more about the topic, or if you struggle with these issues yourself, this is a great book on the subject."
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    #8The Marriage Plot

    The Marriage Plot

    The Marriage Plot is a contemporary romance fiction written by Jeffrey Eugenides. In 2011, this novel received the following awards, New York Times Notable Book, Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Book, Kirkus Reviews Top 25, etc.

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    Jesús Vera
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The best thing about this book is the dark foray into living with an individual with mental illness, but even that is done superficially and might have been more moving if the writer had been able to help us get caught up in the madness of the character, rather than keeping us at such a "safe" distance."
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    #9The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides is a Southern contemporary romance fiction novel written by Pat Conroy. This was originally published in 1986. This book narrates the story of Tom Wingo and his twin sister as they face tragedies.

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    #10Madness: A Bipolar Life

    Madness: A Bipolar Life
    Madness: A Bipolar Life is written by Marya Hornbacher which chronicles her suffering from Anorexia and Bulimia and diagnosis of Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disorder.
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    Gregory Clark
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "good"
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    #11Exuberance: The Passion for Life

    Exuberance: The Passion for Life

    Exuberance: The Passion for Life is a nonfiction book written by Kay Redfield Jamison. Exuberance: The Passion for Life was published by Vintage. The book is mentioned and/or recommended by David Deangelo during his programs.

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    Lawrence Diaz
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This fits the theme very well. The author looks at the happy side of emotions through famous people who lived lives large and with exuberance. It discusses the brain chemistry behind exuberance also."
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    #12Postcards from the Edge

    Postcards from the Edge

    Postcards from the Edge is fiction book written by Carrie Fisher. This is the first book in the Suzanne Vale series. This was originally published in 1987.

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    Emily Harris
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "It was OK, kind of funny, kind of stupid.I did not really like either the mother or the daughter very much. I liked it was much more realistic than other books I have read on the mother daughter situation, but still a little far fetched considering they both lived and worked in Hollywood. I guess it is a meant as more entertaining, biographical type book rather than a self help book- but it does try in a way to give advice of forgive and forget. It is was as OK read."

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Best What are the best books with manic depression and bi-polar theme
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Girl, InterruptedBooks 44 Paid
2The Bell JarBooks 40 Paid
3An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and MadnessBooks 37 Paid
4The Catcher in the RyeBooks 35 Paid
5The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia PlathBooks 32 Paid
6It's Kind of a Funny StoryBooks 30 Paid
7Autistic blessings and Bipolar meBooks 27 Paid
8The Marriage PlotBooks 25 Paid
9The Prince of TidesBooks 24 Paid
10Madness: A Bipolar LifeBooks 22 Paid
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