Julie Fast’s and Dr. John Preston’s 4-step strategy to obtain optimal wellness is brilliant. They cover everything from medications to boundaries to diet and exercise. Of all the how-to books on bipolar disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder is the most comprehensive and reliable.


This book changed my life. After years of feeling powerless to overcome my depressive symptoms, Fast and Preston helped me see through my depression. I learned ways to move through my depression and accomplish tasks that I used to think were impossible while depressed. I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s a game changer.


Fast’s and Preston’s helpful guide to couples trying to navigate bipolar disorder while keeping their marriage in tact is a must-read. It stands alone as the quintessential guide for every issue a couple faces, including money, sex, having fun, overcoming hurtful behavior, and managing medical treatment. If you are married and bipolar, buy this book!


Honestly, I was afraid to read this book because even Dr. Jamison notes how much more difficult is was for her to write than she had anticipated. Even 12 years after my only suicide attempt, I was shaken by the many times I had been “at risk,” and somehow side-stepped another attempt on my own life. For those who have suffered the loss of someone by suicide, for those who have attempted it, and for those trying to avoid it, this book is essential. As always, Jamison writes poetically, making heart wrenching material palatable..


Kay Redfield Jamison’s exploration of the relationship between mental illness and creativity is fascinating, historical, thought provoking, and beautifully written.


Daughter of a schizophrenic mother and a reverend father, Amy Simpson interweaves her childhood experiences with a thorough review of the Church’s response to mental illness. She explores the church’s lack of response to the 1 in 4 congregants who deal with mental illness in their family. Simpson’s transparency about her own experiences are heart- breaking and necessary. Her challenge to the church is simple: if we are to Jesus in the world, we must do much more to help the families of the mentally ill.