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Mind Race: A firsthand account of one teenager's experience with bipolar disorder (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative) Paperback – 7 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; 1 edition (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195309057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195309058
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,122 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 growingliterature on bipolar disorder."--Kate C. Pravera, Ph.D., Executive Director, Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation


"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


"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



"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





"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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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 readable manner.
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This an excellent insight into the bi-polar condition. It is ideal for teenagers and reads easily and sympathetically. However it is also very realistic and shows the ups and downs but also has a positive slant ie. life goes on. Good for parents or teachers who may have to deal with a child or student who has recently been diagnosed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Illness Is Not Our Identity" 10 April 2013
By Pamela Syrett - Published on Amazon.com
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A daughter who has suffered over half her life, was properly diagnosed with Bipolar illness about three years ago, recommended "Mind Race". We agree this book has given us more insight into how the illness presents itself, in real time, than all the strickly clinical research we had done. Testimonies of others who, in spite of their illness, have made great strides, reassures us she can live a much more 'normal' productive life. Like other intelligent young woman, she's learning it's just as right and important to set boundaries in her life regarding stress levels, regular healthy eating & sleeping patterns and enjoying time with good friends, as taking her meds as prescribed is vital to help manage the ups and downs There is hope! It' s important for others to fully understand that the illness is not our identity. Whole families should read 'Mind Race' to better understand, give proper support, encouragement and unconditional love to their loved one who suffers so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Insight 20 Mar. 2010
By C. Seltzer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 8 Mar. 2016
By Jessica Shawcroft - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this line of books to have relate able items for my students in counseling. I've enjoyed the books & felt they're easy to read for the younger audience. I will definitely purchase more in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written and interesting.... 19 Sept. 2008
By Boston Lesbian - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars He is me, I am him 18 Feb. 2010
By Bethany C. Bishop - Published on Amazon.com
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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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