What are some of the best books and movies about bipolar disorder that you have read or seen?

What are some of the best books and movies about bipolar disorder that you have read or seen?


So, I’m not sure if you know this or not, but um….I LOVE books! Small books, big books, books that climb on rocks. Wait? Books can’t climb! Oh but if they could….

When it comes to Bipolar Disorder I have checked out almost EVERY book the library had while researching for my novel. Not like having Bipolar wasn’t enough research, I just wanted to make sure I understood the disorder on all levels, if that’s even possible…

Here is a list of my favorites!

The Bipolar Survival Guide AND The Bipolar Survival Guide, Second Edition by David J. Miklowitz (The number one MUST READ for everyone trying to understand Bipolar Disorder!!!)

The Bipolar Teen by David J. Miklowitz PhD and Elizabeth L. George Phd

Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength (Voices Of series) by Richard Day Gore and Juliann Garey (This one is a compilation of stories and I really enjoyed it.)

Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher (I am currently reading this one…)

Of course these are just my favorites. For a more complete list click here. And please don’t hesitate to tell me your favorites!!!

As for movies, I haven’t really seen any. Or at least I thought I hadn’t. Then I came across this site and realized I HAD in fact seen one (Mad Love), but it was so long ago I don’t remember it. So, I decided that I’m going to rent them all (not all at once!) and come back to this question to let you know which ones I enjoyed the most.

Have you seen any movies about Bipolar? Which ones?

10 thoughts on “What are some of the best books and movies about bipolar disorder that you have read or seen?

  1. Here are two HBO documentaries that I’ve seen that were very good.

    Boy Interrupted (produced by his own parents)
    Diagnosis Bipolar (about 5 families with Bipolar kids)

  2. I loved Bulworth, probably because he did some of what I do when I’m manic. I got annoyed with Stephen Fry, but do love him, He has chosen not to take medication which is a choice most of us couldn’t afford I suspect.

  3. Look at ALLLLL of these resources, right at my fingertips!! Thank you to all of you for sharing and helping with my education and understanding!!

    Peace and hugs,

  4. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Hilary Smith is an EXCELLENT resource. It’s actually funny where most books about bipolar are so serious. She writes about her experiences and she writes for teens in a way that’s extremely easy to relate to. If you are the parent of a bipolar teen or young adult, it’s an excellent resource for you, too.
    I second the movie Mr. Jones. Richard Gere does a wonderful job of portraying bipolar- especially mania. He has a look on his face in the manic scenes that I have seen on my relative many, many times. There is a bit of a silly Hollywood, not believable love story, but the actual portrayal of bipolar is great.
    “Boy, interrupted” is very good, but very difficult to watch.
    Also, Stephen Fry has a great documentary called “The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive”. He relates his own experiences and interviews other celebrities and non-celebrities.

Thoughts? Questions? Leave your feedback here!