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Mind Race: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Bipolar Disorder (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative) Paperback – August 15, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0195309058 ISBN-10: 0195309057 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Adolescent Mental Health Initiative
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195309057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195309058
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jamieson's brilliant insight into the young bipolar patient is incredible. But more importantly, Mind Race is a must read for both teenagers with the disorder and their families in learning to cope with this illness, because it will save lives."-- Andy Behrman, author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania


"Patrick Jamieson has written a good, solid primer for young people diagnosed with bipolar disorder and for their families. His book is full of sound, no-frills advice from someone who knows what it means to live with bipolar disorder. Jamieson has used the advice in this book to rescue himself from the perils of bipolar disorder, and made a fulfilling life for himself. I hope my own children will do as well."--Paul Raeburn, author of Acquainted with the Night, a memoir of raising children with depression and bipolar disorder


"An incredibly important work, and a road map to hope for young people living with bipolar disorder."--Bev Cobain, author of When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens


"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 medical information 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 unique contribution to the growing literature on bipolar disorder."--Kate C. Pravera, Ph.D., Executive Director, Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation


"An excellent introductory book on bipolar disorder. While useful for teens and young adults recently diagnosed with this disease, adults and caregivers should read this book, as it is one of the easiest-to-read introductions to the mental, social and medical challenges of this disease."--Journal of Mental Health


About the Author


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 of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program and of the Child and Adolescent Research Service (CAReS) at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Customer Reviews

Readers will learn a lot about bipolar disorder in this concise book.
Paul J. Fitzgerald
This book does that and is quite readable as well - accurate, funny, poignant, and real.
Pamela Moceri
It is the best book I've seen that describes what what mania and depression feels like.
Boston Lesbian

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Moceri on August 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a professional, I am always on the alert to find books that educate me, my clients, and their families. When a family member can have an experience of reading a similar account of what their loved one who is afflicted with that illness cannot say to them directly, it can build a bridge of understanding that weeks of family therapy may not be able to do. Understanding may not fix a situation, but it can open a window of compassion. This book does that and is quite readable as well - accurate, funny, poignant, and real. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CrazyRockLady on April 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
A wonderful, easy to understand, first person narrative about coming to grips with bi-polar disorder. It was eye opening to read about what it is like to have bi-polar - especially from the perspective of a young person. Whether you are diagnosed or are the friend, spouse or co-worker of one who is dealing with bipolar, this book will help you learn how to navigate through the highs and lows. It is also very encouraging to know that that this young man learned how to manage his disease and succeed in life. There is hope.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Fitzgerald on September 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
A well-written and thoroughly enjoyable book. I enjoyed the anecdotal aspects of Patrick's story, and would have actually preferred more of this. Some readers may be expecting this to have been written by a fifteen-year-old, given the title, but it's clearly stated on the cover that he has a PhD. The book covers a lot of ground in a highly entertaining, creative, and informative manner. Readers will learn a lot about bipolar disorder in this concise book. Paul Fitzgerald, author of: Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Seltzer on March 20, 2010
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As the parents of a wonderful child who is being treated for a chemical imbalance in her brain that has been recently diagnosed (after years of miss diagnosis) as bipolar, we have found that this book has given us more insight into the illness than any other book we have read to date (which is quite a few). This is NOT a reference book with general advice on treating the condition, but a single person's experience with it. While his experiences are not the same as ours, this telling is very vivid and understandable, and he pulls no punches while not getting preachy. He brings up many of the issues that face this illness including the impacts it has on friendships, lifestyle, how certain terminology in our society can affect the person struggling with these issues. The book is a short easy read that touches on many aspects of the treatments but not as a reference but more as an explanation. His use of humor to ease some of the heavy parts is excellent, and the book has become a wonderful way to open dialog with all members of our family. We have purchased a number of copies of the book and are sharing them with others. THANK YOU Patrick Jamieson. You have given us both the focus of seriousness of the condition as well as hope that our wonderful child can live a full and wonderful life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boston Lesbian on September 18, 2008
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This book is a well-written and interesting first person account of the coming of age of a teenager with bipolar disorder. It is the best book I've seen that describes what what mania and depression feels like. It discusses all the pertinent topics, drugs, depression, mania, suicidal feelings and hospitalization, including why one would be hospitalized and what it is like being in hospital. The author talks about all these things as he has experienced them, which is the chief strength of the book. I would recommend this book for anyone who is bipolar and for the family and friends of people who are bipolar. It is very well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bethany C. Bishop on February 18, 2010
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This book shows me personally. Living with bipolar, I formed a connection. With humor, yet poignant truth this book clearly depicts inner turmoil and shame experienced. His constant denial of a psychological diagnosis was the lack of education of society during his upbringing; where brain based chemical imbalances defined you "crazy" and "dangerous." The book's complete honesty using layman terms can depict the two unpredictable uproars of "mass destruction." Where mania and depression play tug a war inside a solitary body. GOOD READ.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lily Grantham on April 12, 2013
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I got this book from my school library a lunch yesterday and am already nearly done!
It is a captivating, RELATABLE, and a very very funny novel. I didn`t even know there was a mixed state, but it certainly describes to me what I was trying to when I was hospitized.

Another reasn I adore this book, at least thus far, is he talks about when he was fifteen ( I was diagnoised at fourteen), and he actually talks about it in a funny smart sort of way. Most books on bipolar try too hard to relate to young people, or just spew facts at you. Ask any bipolar, we all know these facts, becaue the first thing we do when we are diagnosed is google and the library!

I really enjoyed Jamieson's writing style, and would recommend it to anyone. Interested in bipolar, have a bipolr friend or loved one, or ARE bipolar.

It was so good, I will spend the rare money I get for my Kindle to purchase it, when I get it. wooohooo, Christmas and birthdays!
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By Richman on June 10, 2013
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this book contains information that is very pertinent to anyone that has someone that is affected with adhd, depression and the mental things in their life that makes it difficult to function normally.it is highly recommended for people with these problems.
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