Mind Race: A Firsthand Account of One Teenagers Experience with Bipolar Disorder

Paperback | June 15, 2006

byPatrick E. Jamieson, Moira A. Rynn

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[SERIES COPY] New to the Adolscent Mental Health Initiative series are books written specifically for teens and adolescents. Each book addresses some of the major mental health issues facing young people today: depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and anxietydisorders. Tey will be written for and by young people who have struggled with and conquered these illnesses themselves. Supplementing this first-person narrative with the scholarship and expertise of leading psychiatrists and psychologists, the authors will provide such essential information ashow to go about getting a diagnosis, what the latest treatment options are, and how to cope with mental illness at home and at school. Using this unique combination of personal narrative and cutting-edge research, these books are designed to help teens adn young adults deal effectively with theseillnesses and to empower them and their families to act immediately and wisely and getting the best available treatment possible. The life of a person with bipolar disorder can be tumultuous. Imagine living in a world divided into many parts: one is fast-paced, frantic, energetic--you are at the top of your game and feeling invincible; another is so bleak and dark that even the simple task of going to the store requiresHerculean effort. Now imagine a third: going about your daily routing when another manifestation, the mixed state, combines these symptoms simultaneously. This is just a glimpse into the world of a person with bipolar disorder Many people diagnosed with this disorder are adolescents: young people who often feel isolated, unsure of who to talk to, or where to turn for help or answers. Having been diagnosed with the disorder at age fifteen, Patrick Jamieson knows firsthand the highs and lows and bring his experiences tobear in Mind Race: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Bipolar DisorderR, the first in the Annenberg Mental Health Initiative series written specifically for teenagers and young adults. Mind Race is a first-person account, aimed at teens who have recently been diagnosed withbipolar disorder, informative in a compassionate, good-humored, yet authoritative manner. Jamieson discusses his own challenges and triumphs, and offers advice on dealing with developing symptoms such as how to recognize the beginning of a mood shift. In accessible language, he presents the latestin scientific research on the disorder, treatment options, and how to cope with side effects of different medications. He includes a detailed F.A.Q. that answers the questions a newly diagnosed adolescent is likely to have, and also offers suggestions on how to communicate with friends and familyabout the bipolar experience. With Mind Race, Jamieson offers hope to teens and young adults living with bipolar disorder, helping them to navigate and overcome their challenges so they can lead a full and rewarding life.

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[SERIES COPY] New to the Adolscent Mental Health Initiative series are books written specifically for teens and adolescents. Each book addresses some of the major mental health issues facing young people today: depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and anxietydisorders. Tey will be written for and by yo...

Patrick Jamieson, PH.D., is Associate Director of the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the series editor of the 12-book Annenberg Mental Health Initiative (AMHI) trade series of books for parents and teens. Moira Rynn, M.D., is Assistant Professor o...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.39 inPublished:June 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195309057

ISBN - 13:9780195309058

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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"Mind Race is the book Patrick Jamieson "searched for and could not find" when he was 15. Reflecting on his adolescent years, Jamieson renders a gripping, first-hand account of his struggle with bipolar disorder. Mind Race deftly weaves the author's personal narrative with current medicalinformation on diagnosis and treatment. Most importantly, Jamieson demonstrates that the illness can be managed, emphasizing that "the illness is not our identity." Adolescents and young adults facing the challenges of bipolar disorder will draw both inspiration and information from this uniquecontribution to the growing literature on bipolar disorder."--Kate C. Pravera, Ph.D., Executive Director, Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation