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The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know

Thanks to sharper diagnosis and better medicine, the future is brighter for people with bipolar disorder than in past generations. But if you or someone you love is struggling with the frantic highs and crushing lows of this illness, there are still many hurdles to surmount at home, at work, and in daily life.

*How can you learn to distinguish between the early warning signs of mood swings and the normal ups and downs of life?
*What medications are available, and what are their side effects?
*What should you do when you find yourself escalating into mania or descending into depression?
*How can you get the help and support you need from family members and friends?
*How can you tell your coworkers about your illness without endangering your career?

In this comprehensive guide, Dr. David J. Miklowitz offers straight talk that can help you tackle these and related questions, take charge of your illness, and reclaim your life. A leading researcher and clinical specialist who knows what works, Dr. Miklowitz supplies proven tools to help you achieve balance–and free yourself from the emotional and financial havoc that result when symptoms rule your life–without sacrificing your right to rich and varied emotional experiences.

This essential resource will help you and your family members come to terms with the diagnosis, recognize early warning signs of manic or depressive episodes, cope with triggers of mood swings, resolve medication problems, and learn to collaborate effectively with doctors and therapists. You’ll learn specific ways to ask for support and help from your family and friends–and what to do when their “caring” feels like “controlling.” For times when the going gets tough, a wealth of examples of how others have dealt with similar challenges offer new perspectives and new solutions.

Whether you have recently been diagnosed with bipolar

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Review by CB Evans:

When media began publicizing the increase in diagnoses for bipolar disorder a few years ago, it was all but certain that the naysayers eventually would follow.
Bipolar? Yeah, right. That’s just the latest fancy excuse for people who don’t want to take responsibility for their own actions.
That backlash has already begun.
Those who doubt bipolar is real, or serious, might talk to a friend who’s been diagnosed with this potentially devastating brain disorder (once better known as manic depression). It is characterized by cycles of crushing depression alternating with periods of excessive physical, mental and even spiritual energy.
Anyone who has bipolar disorder will tell you: It’s real. Unlike other mental health conditions, it does seem to have an “upside” — sometimes people in hypo-manic stages can be highly creative, gregarious and energetic — but over time, it can be debilitating, exhausting and even fatal.
In a time of increasing public skepticism, it’s nice that one of the nation’s top bipolar disorder researchers has published a user-friendly guide to the disease for patients and their families.
“The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide;What You and Your Family Need to Know” by David Miklowitz, (Guilford Press; .95) professor of psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is an essential resource.
Time and again in his practical guide, Miklowitz reminds those with bipolar disorder that they are not imagining their disease, and even that the disease itself can make patients prone to doubting themselves.
“The absence of a definitive test (for the disease) makes it easy to forget that you have a bio-chemical imbalance and even easier to believe that you never had one in the first place,” he writes. “… Many people start to believe that ‘I had this illness once, but now it’s under my control,’ especially when they’ve been well for a while. But bipolar symptoms have a way of recurring when you least expect them.”
The book offers a wealth of material that can help demystify the disorder. Miklowitz methodically explains the disease, its symptoms and diagnosis, moves on to cogent explanations of its possible causes (“genetics, biology and stress”), then spends most of the book offering advice on how to manage it. He even offers worksheets and logs to help people come to a better understanding of and approach to bipolar illness.
Books by academic researchers always have the potential to be bone-dry. But Miklowitz understands that accessibility is the goal here and is writing for the layperson, even peppering the text with real-life experiences of people with the illness . Reading some of these can be both illuminating and horrifying. Especially when they are in mania, people with this chemical imbalance can do some dangerous, illegal and destructive (to family, friends, self and even strangers) things.
Informative, interesting, and compassionate, “The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide” is a valuable new resource for people with the illness, and their family and friends.

Review by Lemas Mitchell:

This book is great. And very well researched.He does a good job letting us know that there are differences in the types of medications prescibed for rapid cycling vs. “traditional” bipolar. And he gives us some accurate scales to describe the degree of mania or depression.The case studies are very well chosen, and each person who reads this book should be able to find a bit of themselves contained therein.Very important: The reading level is very light and it reads like a magazine. Sometimes, these bipolar books tend to go bipolar: Either they read like a medical journal, or they read like a romance novel. Miklowitz has found the happy medium.

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Break the Bipolar Cycle: A Day-by-Day Guide to Living with Bipolar Disorder

Take control of your symptoms–and take charge of your life If you’re dealing with bipolar disorder, you already know that it’s more than a cycle of “ups” and “downs.” You may also have difficulty with depression and irritability, as well as problems with weight gain, memory, and fatigue. Dealing with these day-to-day problems can sometimes seem like too much to bear. Drawing on the latest research in bipolar disorder, stress, and health, this step-by-step guide offers a complete selection of livable, workable solutions to manage bipolar disorder and helps you: Identify your symptoms Explore your treatment options Stabilize your moods Sharpen your mind Achieve your goals This isn’t a one-size-fits-all guide. It’s a uniquely personal approach to your bipolar disorder that covers the full spectrum of the disease and its symptoms. You’ll be able to find successful ways to regulate your moods, relieve your stress, improve your thought processes, and break the bipolar cycle–for a happier, healthier life.

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Review by HypoNewYorker:

This is a brilliant self-help guide. Elizabeth Brondolo has provided anyone grappling with bipolar spectrum disorders (especially hypomania & soft bipolar, as well as classic bipolar, et al) an invaluable work which in addition to very readable text, provides tools to monitor one’s own behavior and make lasting changes in one’s life. It includes easily implementable exercises for the layman (i.e. me) for dealing with “Bipolar Spectrum Disorders” (BSD). The exercises provided in the book are meant to be photocopied. They are non-onerous, logical and will make you stare your behavior in the face. This is not a guide for the clinician per se — it is for those of us who suffer from the effects of this often debilitating condition.

This wonderful book will undoubtedly become a classic in an area of psychiatry that is poorly understood and often ignored by intelligent and otherwise effective therapists and psycho-phamacologists. It serves as a perfect companion to Jim Phelps’ “Why Am I Still Depressed”, which takes a more clinical approach, but is equally approachable. Phelps’ book is especially useful from the psycho-pharmacological side in determining what your diagnosis might be and how to deal with it. Brondolo is a Ph.D. in Psychology (therapist) while Phelps is an M.D.

I was recently diagnosed with hypomania after being in therapy for 13 years and having being prescribed antidepressants for the majority of that period. Sadly, most professionals don’t acknowledge more than a few meaningless gradations in the bipolar spectrum and the term “bipolar” is so scary and brings up such horrifying & stigmatizing images of manic depressive behavior (i.e. Jamison’s portrayal of herself cited a few lines below), that most would rather avoid the topic entirely, dismissing therapists and M.D.s as “crazy”. One thinks — “This is not me!”. Guess again — it might be. (for a classic book that reads like a page-turner on full-on Manic Depression, see: An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University).

Most of the gradations along the “bipolar spectrum” are not even recognized in the DSM IV which is the most comprehensive guide for psychiatric professionals in making diagnoses. The whole concept of bipolar spectrum disorders is a relatively recent phenomena, having only been truly studied and understood over the last decade or so. DON’T BE SCARED AND DON’T CONTINUE TO WRECK YOUR LIFE – many hypomanics are incredibly successful professionals (see: The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success in America – John D. Gartner, which is a highly entertaining read, and uplifting, because it makes you realize that there is plenty of hope out there).

Brondolo’s book is a wonder for those of us who have suffered most of our lives and always thought that those closest to us giving us loving feedback were the crazy ones. It provides some easily understandable guidelines, exercises and common sense pieces of advice (good luck finding a therapist who understands what is going on with you — after years of poor judgment and simply lying to therapists and myself, I would strongly recommend some form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy or Dialectic Behavior Therapy). Brondolo & Phelps also provide one with a framework for how to approach what you’ve been suffering from and how to approach your therapists and M.D.s with these issues, as many of them (the majority in my experience — even those who understand BSD well) will not ask you many key questions or monitor key behaviors that are essential for you to get better unless you bring these things up yourself (makes one feel really great that you’re spending so much $$$ on these folks).

One of the scariest things that emerges in Brondolo & Phelps’ work is that at least 50% of people who suffer from BSD have been mis-diagnosed for years (on avg 10 years) and have been on the usual array of antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, et al). THESE ANTIDEPRESSANTS IN FACT HAVE THE TENDENCY TO BRING ON AND/OR EXACERBATE HYPOMANIC EPISODES!

BRONDOLO & PHELPS’ BOOKS ARE “EASY READS”, easy to browse through, and easy to pick up and start again at a new place. I am grateful for the existence of these two works (and you will be too — and no — no one has paid me for this review — I’m the one who has paid dearly all these years — and continue to pay). Best of luck.

Review by Raanan:

I don’t know of any other book on the subject of Bipolar Disorder that is as state-of-the-art, comprehensive and accessable (i.e. readable) as “Break the Bipolar Cycle.” What is most striking about this book is how useful and practical it is for everyone involved in the process of living with and/or treating Bipolar Disorder (and perhaps mental illness in general). As someone who is very familiar with Bipolar Disorder, I am impressed with Brondolo and Amador’s ability to reach and inform not only the person suffering with the disorder, but his/her family and treatment team as well. Interspersed throughout the book are illuminating clinical examples which make for an interesting and relatable read. Most of all, the book offers a practical and hopeful picture of what it is like to live with this illness and how to take control and make the best life possible for yourself, your loved-ones and your clients. Thank you Drs. Brondolo and Amador for this very important work and for dedicating your lives to helping those in need. “Break the Bipolar Cycle” is a must read for anyone who has been affected by Bipolar Spectrum Disorders.

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Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families (2nd Edition)

Bipolar disorder can be devastating. It can disrupt relationships and careers, it can wreak havoc on family life, and, when not properly treated, it can be fatal. Since 1999 this compassionate and comprehensive guide has helped tens of thousands of people cope with this complex disease. This, the second edition of Bipolar Disorder, is thoroughly updated and discusses promising new options for diagnosis and treatment along with new information on the disease’s genetic components.Bipolar disorder is difficult to diagnose. Dr. Mondimore explains how symptoms fluctuate in persons with seasonal affective disorder, how they can lead to a mistaken diagnosis of attention deficit–hyperactivity disorder in children, and how they may be made worse by alcohol or drug addiction. The disease can also be difficult to treat. Dr. Mondimore gives advice about how to pick a psychiatrist and cope with the stigma of psychiatric diagnosis. He provides extensive information on treatment options, including the advantages, disadvantages, and side effects of various drug therapies. He also describes what it is like to live with bipolar disorder and discusses how lifestyle changes can improve quality of life. Throughout, he focuses on the importance of building a support system, planning for emergencies, and giving yourself permission to seek help.

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As a registered nurse and mother of an adult son newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I feel fortunate to have found this book quickly. The information is comprehensive and well organized. The book contains appropriately detailed sections dealing with symptoms/syndromes/diagnosis, treatment, variations/causes/connections, and living with the disorder or with one who has the disorder. As a professional, I found the content sufficiently technical while still appropriate for someone with no medical background. Dr. Mondimore has also provided many other resources including suggested reading, support and advocacy organizations and appropriate Internet sites. The chapter notes will lead you to even more information from periodicals, textbooks and other publications. An index is also included for quick reference within the book. The chapters on preparation for emergencies and on the role of the family has been especially helpful to my daughter-in-law and me. Unfortunately, my son made a serious suicide attempt several weeks ago. Thankfully, he was not successful and has been in intensive therapy since that time. He is improving with medication adjustment and daily therapy. The whole family is learning about bipolar disorder, previously unrecognized signs and symptoms, and the link to alcohol abuse, unipolar depression and AD(H)D that is present in other family members. As we learn to deal with the diagnosis and it’s impact on my son, his wife and children and the rest of us, I plan to buy more copies of this book to share with the family. I have always believed that knowledge is power and this book has assisted me in my quest to learn about bipolar disorder. Thank you Dr. Mondimore!

Review by Karen Hill:

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder two years ago. I wish that I would have had this book then instead of relying only on the internet for information. I had the mistaken impression that once my medication was ‘balanced out’, my life would become ‘normal’. Thanks to this book, I now understand what I am up against and that this rollercoaster ride may never stop. It is written so that anyone can understand it. It is very thorough and written with compassion. For anyone diagnosed with bipolar disorder and their family and friends, this is an excellent resource to start with. I highly recommend it. It may even save your life.

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Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder

When a person loves someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very stressful. From medication troubles to a partner’s mood swings the demands on a partner can be intense. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder takes a unique and practical approach to these issues. Written by an author who has bipolar disorder (and who lived with a partner who also has bipolar disorder) and a coauthor with over ten books on the topic of mental illness, the book offers specific, practical and realistic tips on how a couple can work together as a team to create a treatment plan that teaches them to live with the illness while still maintaining a loving and joyful relationship. (Though this book is written for couples, friends and family members can use the techniques in the book as well.) Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder provides hope and encourages couples to work together to create a plan they can use to help stabilize bipolar disorder so that their relationship can focus on love and companionship instead of the illness. Chapters include ideas on how to create a comprehensive treatment plan that incorporates medications and supplements, diet, exercise and behavior and lifestyle changes into one practical approach to this very serious illness. The partner of a person with bipolar disorder learns about communicating with their partner when they’re ill, getting real about the situation and how to take on other roles in healing besides caretaking. Other specific topics include work and money, emotions, sexual issues and much more. The goal of the book is to help couples create a relationship that is based on support and prevention instead of constant crisis control.Julie Fast and John Preston have written a ground breaking book for

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Review by Sarah Luciani:

I first off want to say that I am dissapointed in some of the reviews I have read regarding this book. The Woman who wrote this book never claimed to be the “Be all, Give all” answer to Bipolar disorder. Bipolar is a broad spectrum illness and while one may suffer from severe manic episodes, another may be depressed all the time. One may spend money wildly, another may have slight irritation. I am speaking from personal experience, as I, my mother and sister all have Bipolar disorder and none of our symptoms are the same. I read a review where one woman was upset about her husband taking away her credit cards because people with bipolar can have spending problems. That doesn’t mean everyone with bipolar has spending problems!! If her husband took away her credit cards that sounds like a personal issue in their marriage, and if it is due to one book that he read and not due to characteristics of his wife, then that still sounds like a problem!!

What I enjoyed about this book is that it gave me a greater sense of understanding of my mother’s erratic behavior, and illness. I have bipolar also, but very mildly so. My mother is extremely manic, and my family and I have spent years being mad about her erratic behavior, spending sprees etc. This book helps to bring you back to a loving place with someone that has this illness. It helps you see that much of the time it is the disease talking and not the person. I am learning to forgive my Mother and recognize her behaviors much better now due to this book. I am coming to a place where I see I can’t save her,I can accept who she is, and be more loving about it. If you really care about someone with Bipolar and want to learn how to love them more, I suggest reading this book.

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My daughter has bipolar disorder. She was diagnosed at 31 and has struggled with her medications and life style management for years. Her parther bought this book and asked me to read it as well. What a difference this book has made for us! I have so much trouble knowing what mood swing my daughter is having. I can never remember what is what and I always seemed to do the wrong thing to help her. This book has finally given me the tools I need to learn what to do when I see the first signs that she’s getting sick. Julie Fast constantly reminds the reader that bipolar is an illness and there is often a pattern to the mood swings. I used to think my daughter was just out of control all of the time. She could never settle down and she was always trying something new to make her life better. I understand this more now. I understand pyschosis more as well as the anger she often has when she’s sick. This book has helped us so much. I just never knew whether to leave her alone and let her mess up or to get involved and get her mad at me. Now I have tools and they work. Suicide is my biggest worry, but we now have it out in the open. This helps me with my worry and guilt that I don’t or can’t do enough to help her. This is a tough illness, but there is hope. Things are a lot less stressful for us now.

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Bipolar Disorder: The Ultimate Guide

Has someone close to you been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder? Have you been diagnosed yourself? If so, then this is the book for you. With a helpful question and answer format, this invaluable guide reveals everything about the condition, and shows how to keep it firmly under control. From how to deal with a manic episode to coping with the stigma often associated with mental illness, this guide contains the very latest research surrounding the illness that affects one in fifty of us. Including numerous real-life case studies, helpful character summaries and a full list of support organizations, this accessible blend of advice and insight will inform and empower all those who live with the bewildering turbulence of bipolar disorder.

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Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability

MANAGE YOUR MOODS. IDENTIFY YOUR TRIGGERS. RECLAIM YOUR LIFE. Many people diagnosed with bipolar disorder are sent home with the name of a doctor and prescription drugs. But few are able to manage their often out-of-control emotions with medication alone. Written by Julie A. Fast, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age thirty-one, and bipolar disorder specialist John Preston, PsyD, TAKE CHARGE OF BIPOLAR DISORDER offers a unique, personalized approach that teaches people with bipolar disorder and their loved ones to manage the illness and achieve daily stability. Fast and Preston’s groundbreaking program combines medication and supplements, lifestyle changes, behavior modifications, and other indispensable management tools. Readers will learn how to: Understand the behaviors caused by bipolar disorder Work with their doctors to find the right medications Develop a bipolar-friendly diet and exercise program Recognize the triggers and signs of major bipolar disorder symptoms to stop the mood swings before they go too far.

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Review by Elaura Renie:

I was one of the lucky people who read an advance copy…and I was determined to be the first person to reveiw this amazing, life saving book on Amazon. Readers of Fast’s and Preston’s other book on Bipolar disorder (loving someone with bipolar) will be thrilled to finally get a detailed, step-by-step, super-in-depth plan that gently guides them to health. And for family members, this book will save relationships and marriages. The two things about this book that set it apart from anything else on the market that deals with bipolar disorder are 1)BIPOLAR CONVERSATIONS — example: how do you talk to your teenage daughter/ mother/ spouse when they she’s ready to kill herself, or manic, or sexually out of control? Fast and Preston, through their vast experiences and decades of dealing with this illness, show us what conversations work, and also HOW NOT to deal with those we love… and 2) sidebar stories from both bipolar patients and family members who have survived the devastating effects of this illness. They tell you what worked for them, where they were in their lives when they made the choice to take charge and get well. Especially powerful was the story written by Fast’s brother. Actually, I found myself skipping ahead through the book and reading all the stories of the people who have this illness — as well as the family member stories. Of course, I went back and read the whole book cover to cover. BUY THIS BOOK.

Review by Rose Berge:

Julie Fast’s unique perspective on bi-polar disorder comes from personal experience. In dealing with her own bi-polar disorder, she has personally had to do the challenging work to carve her own path through so she could live a productive life. Reading this book is a short-cut. It cuts through all the theory and goes to the heart of what actually works. If you need real assistance in dealing with the disorder yourself or if you need to know how to deal with a loved one who has bi-polar disorder, this book sends you life line. It lays out a step by step, practical approach that you can use as a handbook to guide you as you carve your own path through your individual challenge with bi-polar disorder.

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Bipolar Disorder for Dummies

Bipolar Disorder affects many more people than just the 2.5 million Americans who suffer from the disease. Like depression and other serious illnesses, bipolar disorder also affects spouses, partners, family members, friends and coworkers. And, according to the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, 15% of children diagnosed with ADHD may actually be suffering from early-onset of Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorder For Dummies reveals some of the causes and consequences of bipolar disorder, let you in on some crisis survival strategies, and describe ways that friends and family members can support loved ones who have the disease. The book includes an overview of the causes and symptoms of bipolar disorder, explains step-by-step how to obtain an accurate diagnosis, discusses the medications available, and tells what you can and can’t do to help someone with the disease. You’ll learn: The different categories and potential causes of bipolar disorder How to select the right mental health specialist Managing employment-related issues brought on because of the disorder How bipolar disorder affects children Advocating for yourself or a loved one Planning ahead for manic and depressive episodes Selecting the best medications for you—including alternative “natural” treatments How to survive an immediate crisis situation Identifying triggers and mapping your moods Complete with fill-in-the-blanks forms and charts, key web site and email addresses, and first-hand accounts from real people, Bipolar Disorder For Dummies gives you the

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Review by E. Ross:

BPfD is succinct and practical, offers clear explanations of the disease and its pain. Written from perspective of both patient and loved ones, it is not frightening, falsely cheery, or professionally overbearing. Gives How To lists for pre- and post-diagnosis.

Great book, with an appropriate sense of humour too. I rate it a “must buy”.

Review by Joe Kraynak:

When we sat down to discuss our approach for Bipolar Disorder For Dummies, we considered the audience for the book and decided to address both those who have been diagnosed with BP and their friends and family members. One of the most challenging aspects of BP is that although only one person might carry the diagnosis, friends and family members are all affected by BP in some way and all play an important role in reducing stress and assisting the person who has BP obtain and maintain treatment.

Both of us (Candida in her practice and Joe in his family) noticed that family members, simply by being uninformed, can unwittingly increase the stress that often triggers a mood episode. The family member who has BP is more sensitive to stressors and is the one who eventually “takes the hit” for any dysfunction in the family, and then that person gets tagged as “the problem,” which, to say it nicely, sure doesn’t help a whole lot. We wanted to ensure that friends and family members are well aware of their roles and responsibilities. By becoming better informed, through our book and other sources of accurate information, family and friends can learn more effective techniques for communicating with one another and building a more effective support network.

To develop a clearer understanding of what BP feels like from the eyes of someone who’s living with it, we strongly recommend An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison. Our book is more of a comprehensive how-to manual that discusses the diagnosis and the most effective treatment options currently available. We believe that medication alone is very helpful but often not completely effective, for whatever reason, and we recommend several therapies in addition to medication, including cognitive behavioral therapy, social rhythm therapy, and relationship and family therapy. We also discuss alternative therapies, some of which are complete bunk and others of which some people with BP have found helpful. By presenting the available tools and helping readers steer clear of useless or counterproductive alternatives, we hope to enable those with BP and their families, with the guidance of their qualified doctors and therapists, to structure a treatment plan that works most effectively for all involved.

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Sugar and Salt: My Life with Bipolar Disorder

Sugar & Salt: My Life with Bipolar Disorder is the story of an ordinary person who lived with and ultimately overcame bipolar disorder (manic-depression.). She was not diagnosed until she was 37. She describes what it is like to be raised in a family overshadowed by the illness, and to try to fit in in school and to function at work with the undiagnosed disorder. The failure of a marriage and relationships are detailed, and she struggles to understand why her life is so different and so difficult, until she has a sudden revelation that something is wrong with her and that she needs help. Then comes the long fight to get treatment as she tries medication after medication after being misdiagnosed as psychotic. For five years she seeks knowledge and understanding of the disorder that makes her suffer. In a dramatic turn, Jane realizes she must enter a mental hospital to get the treatment she needs. She describes life in a locked ward, and how her doctor finally finds the medication her disorder responds to. She feels she has been given the key that lets her out of the hell the mood disorder has kept her in all her life, and for the first time, she feels “normal.” After the hospital, Jane has to face the world again and start a new life. She is able to work for years without her employers discovering her secret. However, after ten years, she develops an allergy to the medication that has served her so well and must start the process over again. During this process, she loses her dream job and falls back into depression. A story of ultimate triumph over bipolar disorder; find out how she did it and how you, too, can manage the disorder through medication and therapy.

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Review by Seehorse72:

This author’s struggle to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder comes through very clearly in this narrative. I enjoyed this book very much, aside from some minor editorial mistakes. I appreciate how candid the author is about her difficulties in her jobs and relationships. I almost wanted to celebrate with her when she finally found a doctor who could properly diagnose her and give her the proper medical care she had sought for many years.

Review by E. Rothwell:

This is an excellent book. It fills a need for sufferers of bipolar disorder and their families to hear the personal stories of others. It is also eye opening for those not familiar with the disease. It offers a wonderful narrative of the interior experience of the illness. It is concise and to the point, no nonsense, yet also delightfully witty. I recommend it.

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Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know

Seven years ago, John McManamy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Through his successful Web site and newsletter, he has turned his struggles into a lifelong dedication to helping others battling depression and bipolar disorder reclaim their lives. In Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder, he brilliantly blends the knowledge of leading expert authorities with the experiences of his fellow patients, as well as his own, and offers extensive information on: Diagnosing the problem Associated illnesses and symptoms Treatments, lifestyle, and coping The effects of depression and bipolar disorder on relationships and sex With a compassionate and eloquent voice, McManamy describes his belief that depression is a wide spectrum that reaches from occasional bouts of depression to full-fledged bipolar disorder. The first book to help patients recognize this diversity of the disorder, Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder will help sufferers begin to reclaim their lives.

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Review by Raymond Zablotny:

John McManamy has an outstanding ability to describe his and other’s experience of having bipolar disorder in all its complexity. He never tries to take the place of the patiet’s psychiatrist. He refers his readers to other sources of excellent more detailed clinical information. He tells the human side of the story. He teaches patients how to be better informed consumer’s of psychiatric care. He encourages patients to be active participants in their recovery.

Review by Robert Sealey:

McManamy’s book is easy to read, clear, well-written and packed with content. The author knows his audience. After years of depressions and other episodes, at age 49, he finally got the right diagnosis – bipolar disorder! His personal struggles taught him which roads lead to recovery. Now he shows us the way.

He addresses the benefits and the risks of the standard treatments for

depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder and he introduces new research,

as well as complementary and nutritional treatments which can

restore normal brain chemistry. Few books written for laymen mention the

practice guidelines of psychiatry. This one does – throughout.

McManamy doesn’t just trust meds and more meds. He knows that powerful brain pills help but they also cause problems for some patients. If you are looking for information and hope to live well with your “perfect mental storms”, you will love this book!

review by Robert Sealey, BSc, CA

author of Finding Care for Depression, Mental Episodes & Brain Disorders

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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition

From leading scientist-practitioners, this pragmatic, accessible book provides a complete framework for individualized assessment and treatment of bipolar disorder. It addresses the complexities of working with individuals with broadly varying histories and clinical presentations, including those who have been recently diagnosed, those who are symptomatically stable, and those who struggle day to day to achieve symptom remission. Extensive case material illustrates proven strategies for conceptualizing patients’ needs and working collaboratively to help them adhere to medication treatments, recognize the early warning signs of manic and depressive episodes, build coping skills, and manage specific symptoms. The second edition is a complete revision of the original volume, updated and restructured to be even more user friendly for clinicians.

Rating: (out of 9 reviews)

List Price: $ 30.00
Price: $ 21.39

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition Reviews

Review by R. Ziegler:

This book states its’ purpose, limitations, and offers a lot of helpful information on how to prevent hypomania and mild depression from escalating to full major depression and manic episodes. I believe that the book has a lot to offer in communication skills for everyone. It is helpful not only for therapist but for those afflicted with manic-depressive illness and their family members.

Review by Avery Z. Conner:

This book should be read by anyone trying to optimize treatment of bipolar disorder through the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy. In fact it should be read both by patients and by therapists and possibly psychiatrists too. The book is well written, well organized, and fairly easy to understand. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to surviving bipolar disorder- if the reader wants a comprehensive guide, see Torrey’s “Surviving Manic Depression” and Miklowitz’s “Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide”. But for just learning about cognitive-behavioral therapy, this book is excellent. Avery Z. Conner, author of “Fevers of the Mind”.

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