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1. The Bipolar Disorder Survival
2. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder
3. Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder:
4. Break the Bipolar Cycle: A Day-by-Day
5. Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for
6. Living With Someone Who's Living
7. Bipolar Disorder: The Ultimate
8. Welcome to the Jungle: Everything
9. Bipolar In Order: Looking At Depression,
10. The Up And Down Life: The Truth
11. The Bipolar Disorder Survival
12. Survival Strategies for Parenting
13. The Childhood Bipolar Disorder
14. Living Well with Depression and
15. Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The
16. Bipolar Disorder for Dummies
17. Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive
18. The Natural Medicine Guide to
19. Overcoming Bipolar Disorder: A
20. When Someone You Love Is Bipolar:

1. The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know
by David J. Miklowitz
Paperback: 322 Pages (2002-01-24)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$10.84
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Asin: 1572305258
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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 disorder, are considering seeking help for the first time, or have been in treatment for years, this empowering book is designed to help put you--not your illness--back in charge of your life.
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5-0 out of 5 stars You can live with BiPolar Disorder
This book helped me to learn about the disorder and how to live with it and work with it.It is a practical book for sufferers of the disorder.Highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not enough actual information
There are too many examples of individuals experiences and not actual information. I would recommend "Break the Bipolar Cycle" by Brondolo and Amador.

5-0 out of 5 stars Godsend for me and my family regarding my bipolar disorder
This book is an absolute must in any Bipolar library. Survival Guide is the what this book is about.Chapters are broken down in easy to understand sections. It's easy to follow based on your symptons.No scientific goblety gook.I have had bipolar my whole life, was diagnosed about 20 years ago and I literally wore out the pages on this book when it came out.

There are other great books concerning bipolar disorder.This should be your first!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must!
This book is a must for anyone with bipolar-I have purchased 29 bookson bipolar and this by far leads the way.It it written for the common layperson, not complicated or confusing.The information and suggestions provided are priceless to anyone with bipolar.You must add this to your list of things to do. Purchase and read this book cover to cover and than over again!

4-0 out of 5 stars Solutions for Mothers and others
After years of trying to find answers for behaviors that were beyond imagining, the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder came as a relief for this mother.Wanting answers was just the beginning. Being part of the solution rather than the problem was my personal goal. This book was very helpful to me. Recommended by a career professional in mental health, it is easy to follow the research and the suggestions given, for the most part. The last STAR would have been there had it been not quite so clinical. Written for the patient, it helps to be in the skin of the patient for me, the book is low key, non confrontational and kind to the patient.Most important piece of information as a family member is to not lump the person with the condition. Easy to do when the patient is in an episode. Trying to learn the dance and the steps one can take to keep the dance from becoming deadly, has been huge.There ARE solutions. If you have this disorder or are the loving mother of one who has it, there are things you can do to arrest the severity of this disorder and their is HOPE for the patient.You are NOT your disease. You ARE loved, and you CAN get better, with clear tools described in this book.
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2. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder
by Julie A. Fast, John D. Preston Psy D ABPP
Paperback: 208 Pages (2004-02)
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Asin: 1572243422
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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 apartner who also has bipolar disorder) and a coauthor with over tenbooks on the topic of mental illness, the book offers specific,practical and realistic tips on how a couple can work together as ateam to create a treatment plan that teaches them to live with theillness while still maintaining a loving and joyful relationship.(Though this book is written for couples, friends and family memberscan 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.Amazon.com Review
Julie Fast and John Preston have written a ground breaking book for couples who want to prevent manic depressive disorder from hijacking their relationship. Fast, a health writer diagnosed with bipolar illness and clinical psychologist Preston are ideal companions. Their innovative ideas will be welcomed by exhausted partners of "bipolar individuals"--whose illness can cause them to alternate between manic and depressed behavior. Once medication has been prescribed, the key is studying the specific ways your partner is effected. This allows couples to develop pro-active strategies for treating and stabilizing mood swings and symptoms, before they develop into full-blown crises. The techniques emphasize prevention, rather than putting out fires.These include understanding the difference between the person and the disease (know when "the bipolar disorder is talking") listing your partner's specific symptoms, identifying the triggers that lead to these symptoms and transforming the "bipolar conversation"The goal of all the tools is to pinpoint early warning signs of a manic or depressive episode and be prepared with a holistic treatment plan.Other segments of the book deal with the work (checkered resumes) and financial problems (spending sprees) created by this illness. The author's ideas are engaging, compassionate and realistic--an oasis of relief and hope. --Barbara Mackoff ... Read more

Customer Reviews (71)

3-0 out of 5 stars stolen from a library
The book itself is ok. It has very practical tips for how to keep bi-polar individuals stable and really encourages a lot of communication and planning between the partners. Everything in this book can also be applied to a relationship between two "regular" individuals and would improve those relationships as well. The book is worth a read. Having said all that, I ordered a used copy of this book and what arrived in the mail had been stolen from a library in California.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very helpful book
This book is excellent and has made a difference to the relationship I have with my mother. I can tell that she has taken on board the advice given as now instead of fuelling an irrational outburst, she is able to bring me back to being in control very quickly.

I'm not a bad person and this book has helped me and her to recognise this. I am also able to help myself a lot more now.

As a side note, these are some things you should never say to someone during an episode:

'get to the doctor because your medication is obviously not working'
'grow up / stop behaving like a child'
'you are crazy / insane'
'you are being stupid / silly / irrational / making no sense'
'i cannot deal with you right now'
'make an effort'

5-0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS book
I have bipolar. My sister has bipolar. We both love this book. We have each marked up our books. My sister has given hers to my mom who is learning about her daughters' illness. For anyone who wants to know about bipolar. It's put simply and in a loving manner. I have a bipolar book collection now and this is one of my 2 favorites. My other favorite is The Up and Down Life by Paul E. Jones. A very REAL book. He says it how it is.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you want to do something
It seems a good book that shares ideas about what you can do if you want to help someone you love with bipolar disorder, a cronic illness. It was writen by a bipolar and a doctor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I have recently fallen head over heels in love with a man who suffers from bipolar disorder.I have done some research on BD over the past year because I have been involved with the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research (www.seancostellofund.org), but nothing could have prepared me for being in a relationship with someone with this disorder.After a bad episode, I went online to see if I could find some guidance and I was led to this book.Wow!This book has really opened my eyes and helped me to learn different techniques to help my boyfriend when his symptoms start.I recommend this book for anyone who has a partner with BD.It will help you to cope with the mood swings. ... Read more

3. Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability
by Julie A Fast, John Preston
Paperback: 320 Pages (2006-09-26)
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Asin: 0446697613
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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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. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!!Very Helpful
The book arrive quickly from Amazon.This book is wonderful for anyone who is dealing with bipolar disporder.It is very important to understand this disorder.I give this book an A+.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
This book is absolutely the best I have come across in explaining the stress that can induce the manic and depressive episodes.Bipolar Disorder is a genetic illness. It is biochemical.There are things individuals can do to reduce their stress and lead productive lives.

5-0 out of 5 stars For Those We Love
I purchased this book along with a couple of titles on BiPolar after my girlfriend ended up in the behavioral unit and I realized that I needed to know a lot more about helping her manage her disease. This is by far my favorite title. An indispensable guide to understanding and managing the swings that Bipolar sometimes represent.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best
I have bi-polar issues and this book answered a lot of the questions and created some space to start conversation with people who are close to me but do not understand what I go through. Thanks to this author...takes one to counsel one.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for Bipolar Disorder
I have read this book.It is an excellent tool for someone or someone you love that has bipolar disorder.
I have read many books on this topic.This book is excellent.It gives you information on the disorder and ways to manage it.I would highly recommend this book. ... Read more

4. Break the Bipolar Cycle: A Day-by-Day Guide to Living with Bipolar Disorder
by Elizabeth Brondolo, Xavier Amador
Paperback: 304 Pages (2007-12-20)
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Asin: 0071481532
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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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5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful !
This book has been a great guide for me & my husband.My husband was recently diagnosed with Bipolar.The symptoms he was experiencing weren't the "typical" ones that come to mind when you hear the term bipolar. After reading this book, we have been able to identify several symptoms that indicate where he's headed, as well as triggers.The symptoms of Bipolar II, NOS, are not as extreme and therefore can go on undetected. This is an excellent resource for those recently diagnosed & have softer bipolar disorder.Also great for loved ones who want to understand the disorder.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
I was just diagnosed with Bipolar II. I went to two libraries and cleaned them out of bipolar books. Some were helpful and encouraging, but still left me wanting more. Then I read Break the Bipolar Cycle. In its pages, I recognized so much of what I've been feeling and dealing with over the past 7 months! It also helped me understand what's happening to me mentally, physically, and psychologically and how to deal with it. As soon as I finished reading it, I called my parents and told them to get a copy...that it would help them understand what I'm going through. I'm also going to purchase a copy for myself so I can refer to it and use the exercises throughout the future.

While I'm new to this illness and have lots of research and work to do, I know this book will be an outstanding resource for myself, my family, and my friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
Break the Cycle of Bipolar Disorder provides an excellent overview of the disorder along with its related symptoms (which go beyond mood). As a school psychologist I found it useful in helping me understand and support students with the diagnosis. As a parent I found it useful in helping me see mood disorders from the perspective of the person experiencing them. Discussions of anxiety, stress, memory, emotion, information processing, etc. show the many facets of the illness but also provide strategies for coping with the disease and minimizing its effects. The book does assume the individual is under a doctor's care and on a medication regimen (which is likely true for many with the diagnosis) but also provides good information for those with milder difficulties. I ended up with a lot of notes and thoughts about how to identify triggers, reduce stressors, and support someone within the milder range of the BPD spectrum.

4-0 out of 5 stars Break the Cycle
Arrived in a short time and is very helpful.Is in better condition than described.Would order from this company again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book!
This is a wonderful book. I have such a greater understanding of my illness now. The book is helping me go through the ups and downs and see light at the end of the tunnel. I definitely recommend this book foer people suffering from bipolar or families of bipolar illness sufferers! ... Read more

5. Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families (2nd Edition)
by Francis Mark Mondimore MD
Paperback: 304 Pages (2006-02-09)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$11.74
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Asin: 0801883148
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on bipolar disorder out there
I found this book in a tiny library while I was on vacation.I could not put this book down.Usually professionals in the medical field have a way of writing that is accurate but laborious.I was amazed at the freshness and crispness of the language, it was much more like a conversation with a doctor than reading theory.The case studies really make this book go, they show you what a DSM never will, the nuances of illness.I enjoyed knowing that the material which birthed the book was countless hours of compassionate care given to people trying to survive this disease. It makes a great gift for family members and is even better for those who struggle with bipolar disorder.You will probably see yourself all over the pages and realize, that yes that doctor of your was right in his/her diagnosis.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families (2nd Edition)
excellent book, for the "educated layman".a great deal of valuable information, much that one also reads in technical psychiatry texts, but here it is extremely "read-able", in a very user-friendly format.a superb value. we ordered a second copy, to give to another person too.

1-0 out of 5 stars The worst customer service I ever received!
My daughter is Autistic and since mental disorders are among the factors behing Autism my husband and I always look for material to better educate ourselves.I found another book that was not available and did not or did not remember ordering this book.When I needed to return the product I received very rude and insulting feedback from generationrecycle.I will not be ordering anything from generationrecycle in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommeded
This is the second time I've bought this book. After showing it to a friend, she wouldn't give it back! This is the perfect book for those who have bipolar disorder or who have a family member or friend with bipolar. It is very user friendly and it answered all my questions. I highly recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Professionally written for the layman
I have many years experience as a professional working with people with this disorder and it opened my eyes and gave me a better understanding and better compassion for those who are beginning their struggles to find balance in their lives with this sneaky disorder.This book was a thorough and well-written book. It has a therapeutic feel to it as if it is part of a therapy regimen.At times it gets too impersonal and a bit too clinical but the author tries to keep it understandable and effective for the everyday reader. I read this at the same time as "Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder" and had to force myself back to this book time and time again because of it's more clinical feel whereas the other one gave insight into bipolar because one of the authors lives with this disorder. The books complimented one another because each gave a different but needed perspective to the overall disorder, personal accounts, and insight into treatments and obstacles. I would recommend it specifically because it is informative and professional. ... Read more

6. Living With Someone Who's Living With Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers
by Chelsea Lowe, Bruce M. Cohen MDPhD
Paperback: 272 Pages (2010-01-26)
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Asin: 0470475668
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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An essential resource for anyone who has a close relationship with a person who is bipolar

This book provides a much-needed resource for family and friends of the more than 5 million American adults suffering from bipolar disorder. From psychotic behavior that requires medication to milder mood swings with disturbing ups and down, this book offers a warm and often humorous user-friend guide for coping with bipolar loved ones, colleagues, and friends. The book includes

  • Guidance for identifying bipolar disorder symptoms and how to get the diagnosis confirmed
  • Strategies for dealing with rants, attacks, blame, depression, mania and other behaviors
  • Crucial information on medication and its effectiveness and potential side-effects
  • Techniques for dealing with attempts to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol
  • How many people with bipolar disorders can care for themselves, get help, feel supported and go on with their own lives

This important book contains real-life illustrative examples and a wealth of helpful strategies and coping mechanisms that can be put into action immediately. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you have questions this book has all the answers!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Chelsea Lowe and Dr. Bruce Cohen on my show Wisdom, Love and Magic! Both Chelsea and Dr. Cohen are very knowledgeable and empathic individuals who have written a wonderful 'how to manual' for bipolar disorder. It is an excellent resource chock full of incredibly valuable information that everyone who is suffering from, or in any way dealing with, bipolar disorder must have!

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely A Must Read For Anyone Living With Someone Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder!
I interviewed Dr. Bruce Cohen and well-known writer Chelsea Lowe for an article in [...]. While I do not live with a partner with bipolar, I still found the book fascinating and full of great advice. It is probably one of the best written books on this topic available today and I would highly recommend it. Here is a link to my interview with these two fascinating authors: [...]

5-0 out of 5 stars A warm book on how to handle changing moods, ups and downs, and other behaviors
Living with Someone Who's Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends and Coworkers provides a warm book on how to handle changing moods, ups and downs, and other behaviors. It's designed as a non-technical, everyday coping guide and offers case histories and stories of how others developed effective coping strategies. General and health libraries will find this important considering the increasing diagnosis of bipolar with all its management implications.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book - quick overview of the illness
I had been looking for a current book on BD and a book that was for someone on my end.My husband has be DX with DB since he was 18 and had a relaspe after we were just married.Before that he was in remission and I never saw his mood swings.This book is the perfect book to educate someone who does not have the illness and wants to learn more about it.

The book covers everything you would want to know about BD,I really liked the descriptions of the symptoms and the little story's from actually people. Most of the websites and organizations sited in the book I know about, but there were a few new ones for me to discover.

It was comforting to read that what my husband goes through daily is his illness and not him just being lazy or forgetful on purpose.I told my husband he should read the book after I am done, maybe he will learn a little more about his illness.

The book is an easy read, this is the first book on BD that I have finished. I could not stop reading this book, the only reason I did not finish it the first day, was I needed to go to work the next day. ... Read more

7. Bipolar Disorder: The Ultimate Guide
by Sarah Owen, Amanda Saunders
Paperback: 288 Pages (2008-07-25)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$11.50
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Asin: 1851686045
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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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. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars C'mon Dad I'm Not Making This Stuff Up!
My father is 87 year old, old school thinker. A pick yourself up by your bootstraps person, a self made millionaire.

Until I was disabled by BiPolar I was an EXTREMELY successful person in my Dad's eyes.I believe I was hypomanic for years.And there is nothing like a hypomanic employee to make a company happy.I went from a switchboard operator to a senior manager for a major automobile finance company in about 10 years.I was one level from becoming an executive when I became disabled.I was well compensated for my daily work which of course made my father extremely proud.So what that twice I had to come up with $100,000 to pay down my debts.Merely nuisances, right?

I became permanently disabled in 1988 with a deep depressive episode. I was hospitalized several times, needed ECT treatment, the whole gammit.It's hard to remember but I think I was in this black mood for several years.

I have said that to say this, now that I'm on disability with BiPolar, my father believes I'm a "loser".I have gained a significant amount of weight, I am a rapid cycler, don't make much money now, am drug resistant and see too many doctors.

This book was is well put together and put in understandable words for someone who has never heard of 'rapid cycler', BiPolar I and II.I have been able to highlight areas that directly talk about my condition.

He may never understand, but now I have given him a tool to read. Please pray that he will get a better understanding. ... Read more

8. Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask
by Hilary Smith
Paperback: 208 Pages (2010-05-01)
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Asin: 1573244724
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Going bravely where no other bipolar book has gone before, here Hilary Smith offers devastatingly on-target, honest--and riotously funny--insights into living with bipolar and answers some of the hardest questions facing her fellow bipolaristas:  Can anything ever be the same again?  Am I still me if I take mind-altering meds? Can other people tell I have bipolar?  Can I get this thing removed?

Bipolar is one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric conditions among teens and twenty-somethings--yet there are very few books out there written specifically for teens and twenty-somethings experiencing mental illness for the first time.

Welcome to the Jungle (Conari Press, May 2010) fills that gap with its upfront, empowering approach to the challenges of being diagnosed with bipolar. Both humorous and immensely honest, it offers a true "in the trenches" perspective readers will trust.

With chapters ranging from What Just Happened?: Life Beyond The Diagnosis to Here Be Downers: Drugs, Booze, and Suicide to Hippy Shit That Actually Works: Herbs, Wilderness Time, and Other Ways to Help Keep Your Shit Together to Hell is Finding Good Insurance: How to Get Your Ass Covered in Troubled Times, Smith brings bipolar self help to the street level.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a new reality
The diagnosis of Bipolar is not one that is strange to me I have seen friends and relatives struggle over the years until they finally received the help of professionals with counseling and proper medication. This book is such a blessing for young people because it makes the case that this is a legitimate disease and that they can make the decision to lead lives with satisfying work and relationships. The author never loses a sense of humor or belittles the victims of this disease because many are misdiagnosed for years as ADHD or ADD and medicated improperly. This leads to its own set of problems. This book shows there is hope for the families whose lives are so disrupted when they have a child suffering from this disease. Suggestions for where and how to get help and be helped are there and everyone has to do the work but at least now there is a plan. Every chapter made me think of someone else I wanted to give this book. People can be diagnosed at any age but the teen twenty years are the most common. Because of the stressful nature of this time teens can be labeled as difficult or even psychopathic and so intervention is important before a catastrophic event takes place. Many teens have no appreciation for consequences of their actionswith this disease and it can lead to illegal acts which the teen never intended as harmful. Teens with normal chemistry also have a problem with consequences so it is difficult to differentiate. Help is needed! Reading this book is a very uplifting experience for thoseaffected by bipolar illness and well worth the investment of time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
This book is written with an insiders viewpoint because the author is bipolar.It's well written & easy to read.

Bipolar is a life long disease and even when on a good medicine regimen the illness will cycle over and over throughout the person's lifetime. There are times where all is well and suddenly major mania sets in, then a deep depression, then normal. Mood swings can last minutes, hours, days, weeks or longer. Bottom line is it is a disease that must be dealt with throughout the person's lifetime.

My mother was bipolar, she's been dead for 30 yrs.Back then, it wasn't understood & difficult to deal with & the medicines were harsh.I'm sure she would have lived a much better life had she been alive today.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Haunted by misbehaving neurotransmitters"
After being misdiagnosed with ADD & OCD, Cyclothymia, Intermittent Explosive disorder, and switching psychiatrists about three times, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I honestly had no idea what that meant. I had erroneously assumed it was a `fake diagnosis' since having emotional ups and downs is quite normal. Once I looked into it on the DSM-IV, I simply found myself even more in the dark about where I `fit in' on the bipolar spectrum. Obviously bipolar I didn't fit me, yet the time frame for episodes of bipolar II seemed too lengthy. Guides to coping with the disorder seemed to be written by people who had a rather limited or outside view of bipolar issues, or painted a skewed picture of bipolar individuals being `misunderstood artists' melodramatically flouncing around, rather than suffering from serious problems that impede normal responsibilities in life.

Hilary Smith's guide to bipolar disorder isn't clinical, boring, or ill informed in the slightest and shed some light on my specific psychological profile (bipolar II with rapid cycling) before my psychiatrist arrived at the same conclusion, himself. The information contained within this book is introduced in a fresh, no nonsense, and humorous tone of voice, though if you are easily offended by mild swearing, I'd recommend searching for a different book.
Identifying with certain behaviors and warning signs I myself was prone to (like thinking I could go off my medication and be perfectly fine) made coping and readjusting to my daily routines much easier in the long run. Reading this book and even keeping little notes about certain information that pertains to you might even help you prevent certain mistakes from happening, as you simply become more aware about the nature and resulting challenges of your disorder.

My mother and close friends also took to certain excerpts from the book very well, getting a better idea of what was making me not willing to get out of bed for 72 hours or stay up for five days thinking I could tackle an insane amount of projects and class work, then maybe punch out God in my spare time since I was clearly so amazing. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who has doubts or feels confused about bipolar disorder, since the witty approach to the subject allows you to step back and assess how you will handle it, whilst hysterically laughing at yourself.

4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful Guide For Bipolar Sufferers
I came face to face with the disease after my ex had her first episode. She had all the hallmark traits of bipolar disorder: a marked decrease in the need for sleep, a hyperactive mind, mystical experiences, irritability, and a surge in apparent creativity.

The most painful and frustrating aspect of the disease is that you lose the person who is in the throes of a bipolar episode. There is no reasoning with that person. There is no heart-to-heart let's-work-this-out talk with that person. He or she becomes obdurate, unyielding and, most crushing of all, unfeeling.

I picked up this book to learn about the bipolar disease from the perspective of a bipolar sufferer rather than from the perspective of a clinical psychologist. I hoped to at least get a glimpse into the psyche of a bipolar sufferer to understand why my ex had behaved the way she did and thereby help bring some closure to our breakup.

After reading the book, I'm admittedly a little dismayed that it had brought me no closer to an intimate understanding of the disease. To be fair, however, this book is intended primarily as a roadmap for bipolar sufferers, and to that end, I think the author has done a spectacular job.

She offers advice on the management of symptoms (mania, depression, insomnia, etc.), meds, shrinks (e.g. psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, support groups), dealing with the disease in college, and other aspects of the disease. I'm especially touched by her entreaty to bipolar sufferers to be mindful of the distress they can wreak on loved ones and her advice for mitigating the distress.

There is much levity in her prose. Her language is colloquial and will no doubt resonate with people in their teens or early twenties (the age at which most people are first diagnosed with bipolar disorder).

What sets this book apart from other guides is it not only offers advice, it is peppered with the author's personal experiences. I only wish she had shared more of her personal thoughts and experiences to help those of us who aren't bipolar understand the disease through the eyes of a bipolar sufferer. All in all, I think it's a helpful book, especially for someone with the disorder looking for ways to cope with the disease.

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Personal note to author:
Thank you for writing this book, Hilary. I think you've done a wonderful job. I hope to read more on your personal experiences (perhaps in an expanded edition of this book?). I sincerely wish you all the best in your battle with the disorder.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book on bipolar for people who have it- teens and adults will benefit from it!
This book is a wonderful resource for those who suffer from bipolar disorder. It is written for teens and early 20's, which is when the disease seems to first rear it's ugly head so much of the time, and is written thank heavens from someone who has suffered from it, not by a doctor. That is the strength of the book. It is very readable, not 'medical', and tells it like it is. It also is so helpful in letting people know that they are NOT alone, and is good at giving tips on how to let people like a roomate know what to watch for. Everyone in my family is going to read it, including my child's doctor and therapist! ... Read more

9. Bipolar In Order: Looking At Depression, Mania, Hallucination, and Delusion From The Other Side
by Tom Wootton, Peter Forster MD, Maureen Duffy PhD, Brian Weller, Scott Sullender PhD, Michael Edelstein PhD, & others
Paperback: 228 Pages (2010-01-15)
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Bipolar In Order: Looking at Depression, Mania, Hallucination, and Delusion from the Other Side defines success in a way that no one ever has. It challenges everything we believe about bipolar from how we define it to how we treat it, and details a clear path to a better life.

By shattering the notions about the end goals of treatment, Bipolar In Order goes beyond the hope and encouragement found in his previous books, Bipolar Advantage and Depression Advantage. It helps people with mental conditions shift their thinking and behavior so that they can lead extraordinary lives.

With chapters by doctors, therapists, and other professionals in complementary disciplines, this book challenges us all to reevaluate our preconceptions, practices, and definitions of successful outcomes when treating mental conditions. It asks every professional working in mental health to see the limits they place on themselves and their patients by not considering what more might be possible. In addition to detailing Results Worth Striving For and the beliefs that are in the way of them, Wootton presents an integrated approach for education, assessment, life planning, and treatment.

The mental health field is plagued with the bigotry of low expectations. Far too many people are talking about changing the stigma, while creating the worst stigma of all--the idea that we are not capable of achieving greatness.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book!
This book takes a whole different perspective on mental conditions. I can only speak about the book from theBipolar II viewpoint. That's what I was diagnosed with last year. This book had a profound effect on my acceptance of my diagnosis. It lifted a weight of fear off my back. And, much more! This is a book I would say is a must for anyone dealing with Bipolar Disorder.

Plus, if your over 40, the print is large so you won't need reading glasses!

5-0 out of 5 stars The big picture
Excellent ,

covered so many of the traits that I experience

put them in order and opened my eyes so that I can look at them differently

Very inspiring ,really felt good during and after reading this.

Be well

5-0 out of 5 stars True Hope
I found Bipolar in Order to be one the most exciting and hope-inspiring books I have run across.It answered many of the questions I have held deeply in my core for many years and challenged one of the beliefs that I have carried throughout my life - "I can't get well".

After a 14-day hospitalization, I attended one of Tom Wootton's public lectures.I had left the hospital feeling ashamed, hopeless, and helpless and was heavily medicated.At the end of Tom Wootton'slecture, I felt hope for the first time.I didn't purchase the book for some time as I was a bit afraid that maybe I had gotten my hopes up for nothing.But, I was not disappointed by any means after I read Bipolar in Order.Tom Wootton's Mind/Body/Spirit approach clearly showed the gaps in my own management of my disorder.The integrated approach he describes includes such topics as:psychiatry, psychotherapy, mind skills, spiritual, relationships, physical health, etc..The book made it easy to see where I was lacking in certain areas and that a holistic, integral approach is what is truly needed to build optimal health and work towards building an evenness of mind, even under stress.With the help of the tools contained in this book, and my own initial committed practice of them, I feel that I am beginning to experience some change in my life.I highly recommend Bipolar in Order to anyone who is looking for an alternative solution to conventional Western treatment paradigms.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading
Sorry, but this is just not the breakthrough it claims to be. It is one man's story. Tom is not representative of most people with bipolar, just the opposite. To claim his personal experience represents a new paradigm in the treatment of bipolar is beyond egotistical.

The first half of the book is a convoluted, wordy argument that he has somehow discovered a new way at looking at bipolar similar in scope to Columbus believing the earth was round. It reminds me of infomercials on TV. Keep throwing words at people and eventually they have to believe you. I'll boil it down for you. All he is saying is keep a positive attitude and don't settle for anything less than the best you can be.

The second half of the book is simply common sense. People with bipolar benefit from a wide range of support, from psychiatrists, nutritionists, personal trainers, psychologists, financial advisors, career counselors and many more. Unfortunately, the people who provide this type of support do not come cheap and most are beyond the reach of the average person with bipolar.

Correctly treating bipolar is expensive. Certainly (as the book notes) having three one hour sessions with a psychiatrist before starting on medication would be nice, but that is not the real world. After reading this book you may have a period of optimism, but unless you are on the correct medications and have the time, money for specialists, family support, social support, workplace support, etc. to do the practical things that people with bipolar should be doing anyway, I'm afraid you will find the book ends up like the kitchen gadget you ordered on TV, unused.

I'm not going to pepper this review with specific examples, I already wasted a couple of hours reading it. If you are not sure it is for you, go ahead and order it. If you don't like it, send it back for a refund. That's what I'm doing next.

5-0 out of 5 stars This message needs to be told
The first part of the book defines bipolar and its symptoms from a positive perspective. The second part gives very clear strategies for improving the condition and maintaining a quality of life that many afflicted with bipolar don't think that they can achieve, but they can. The author is presenting a hopeful program without the negative implications that bipolar books have so often been focused on. ... Read more

10. The Up And Down Life: The Truth About Bipolar Disorder--the Good, the Bad, and the Funny (Lynn Sonberg Books)
by Paul E. Jones, Andrea Thompson
Paperback: 256 Pages (2008-05-06)
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A fresh, honest, and practical guide to living with bipolar disorder.

Paul Jones, a stand-up comedian and workshop leader who suffers from bipolar disorder, uses humor, honesty, and hard-won practical advice to dispel the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and shed light on the challenges of living with bipolar disorder.

Offering an intimate view of life with bipolar disorder—including the most common mistakes bipolar individuals make and how to avoid them— and covering every aspect from diagnosis, social life, home life, and career, this is an accessible and engaging guide from someone who’s been there and can help readers cope and thrive. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Straight talk and upbeat.An excellent read.
Paul Jones strikes an excellent balance of medical information and true life experiences."The Up and Down Life" is straight talk about discerning choices bipolars need to make and offers examples of the pitfalls to watch out for.It's encouraging, eye-opening, inspiring.

5-0 out of 5 stars perfect title, perfect book
If you are bipolar or suspect you might be, or if you live with someone that fits the bipolar "profile"; then reading this book will be a great help. I know it helped me. I have spent most of my life having mixed feelings about the condition. Sometimes I'd be convinced that I had the disorder; other times, I laughed at the notion. It's so typical of the bipolar person to be in denial when everything is going okay. And there are plenty of times when you think all is well... but it doesn't last for too long.Eventually I would go from feeling okay to feeling totally awesome! Now I realize those were the times to be most alert because inevitably they would be followed by horrible downs. So yeah, it is an up and down life. I finally went to a qualified physician who confirmed my suspicions, and also prescribed the combination of meds that has made the difference. No, I am not "cured". But I'm in better shape than I ever was. Now I understand what some of the stuff in my past was all about. Too bad it took me so long to admit it to myself. The book was the eye-opener I needed to point me in the right direction. I know a lot of people hate taking medications for psycho-emotional problems; they prefer to go to counseling or tough it out. But for the bipolar person there's just as much need for medication as for the diabetic. And unfortunately suffering from bipolar disorder can also be a matter of life and death.

1-0 out of 5 stars Basic, glib and not too informative
First, let me say that I do not wish to criticize any individual's account of his mental illness and experience.Mr. Jones relays his experience with bipolar disorder in great detail. This is perhaps the most redeeming feature of this book. The book works best when Mr. Jones sticks to his personal experience with the ups and downs and his own personal experience with treatment.

Far too often, though, his tone comes across as preachy and pedantic. This is not recommended for someone who has already done extensive research on bipolar disorder and read several personal accounts of living with this illness. Ultimately, I suppose, this is the bottom line for this book: it may be helpful for the reader with little-to-no knowledge of BPD but even in that case I believe there must be better introductions.

Mr. Jones emphasizes that people with BPD should not define themselves by their illness.He consistently, however, refers to "we bipolars" and reduces his audience to exactly what he suggests avoiding -- complete identification with the disease. Granted, the book is about BPD and the language is geared toward those in the BPD community, so there is a degree of collective identification necessary.The tone, however, including Mr. Jones' own identity as "Bipolar Boy," casts an unfunny overemphasis on the diagnosis as identity. Moreover, his references to "bipolar boy" and "bipolar Paul" actually come across as self-promotion and there is an uncomfortable suggestion that this book is too self-aware and dips sometimes into marketing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening
The price and shipping were great, the author was wonderful, really shed a lot of insight

5-0 out of 5 stars The truest book written on the subject
I read this book and it was like watching a movie of my life.I am bipolar as well as Paul is.I thought I was the only one like this.Nobody in my family or freinds understood it.I was so happy to find out I was not alone in my struggles.Most books just tell you what the symptoms are.This book tells you what it is really like from someone who lives with it.I recommend it for anyone that is bipolar or is close to someone with this illness.It will help you to understand somewhat of what they are dealing with and how you can help and support them.People without the illness are quick to dismiss it as real. ... Read more

11. The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know
by David J. Miklowitz PhD
Paperback: 340 Pages (2010-12-22)
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A bipolar diagnosis can be overwhelming to sufferers and their family members. They need trustworthy information and support for finding the right treatment and coping with the illness's devastating ups and downs. Over 200,000 readers have already found exactly that in this indispensable guide from a leading expert. Explaining the disorder's causes, diagnosis, and best current treatments, David J. Miklowitz shows how to plan for and reduce recurrences of mood symptoms, make needed lifestyle changes to stay well, and strengthen relationships strained by the illness. Readers love the user-friendly tone, true-to-life stories, checklists, worksheets, and practical problem-solving advice. Updated throughout, the second edition has a new chapter, "For Women Only"; the latest facts on medications and therapy; and an expanded discussion of parenting issues for bipolar adults.

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12. Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with Bipolar Disorder: Innovative Parenting and Counseling Techniques for Helping Children with Bipolar Disorder and the Conditions that May Occur with It
by George T. Lynn
Paperback: 236 Pages (2000-01-03)
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Up until five years ago, the professional community didnot think that Bipolar Disorder occurred in children. Children withsymptoms of Bipolar Disorder were diagnosed as 'severe ADHD','depressed' or 'Oppositional Defiant'. Now, as it is beingincreasingly diagnosed, George Lynn offers clear, practical advice onrecognizing the symptoms, understanding medication and accessing thenecessary support at school as well as the managing the day-to-daychallenges of parenting a child with Bipolar Disorder. As it isfrequently found in combination with ADHD, Tourette Syndrome andAsperger's Syndrome, the author draws on case-studies from his ownpsychotherapeutic practice to show what these conditions have incommon, how they differ, and how they relate to each other.

Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with Bipolar Disordertackles the most difficult decisions parents can face, includingwhether to involve police or consider hospitalization if theirchildren are a danger to themselves and their families. At the sametime, it emphasizes the positive qualities these children often haveand illustrates how their gifts and abilities can build theirself-esteem and help them function better in society. However severethe child's symptoms, George Lynn's book will provide guidance,support and inspiration for parents and carers as well as being auseful resource for professionals working with the families who sufferas a result of this disorder. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Is it RAGE or a Meltdown?This book will help you know what to do
Great information given in a clear format.I found helpful descriptions of behavior and underlying motivations that made sense.Sharing this information with counselors and educators made a difference in how we all approached behavioral problems, and WOW what a difference in the kids.The text is written in an understandable and caring manner, allowing the reader to learn from a friend. I highly recommend this book for parents and professionals alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent source!!
I was overwhelmed with the books available on bipolar disorder.This book, however, is easy to read and offers helpful information and strategies for coping with the symptoms of several mental health disorders.I highly recommend this book for counselors and parents of children with related disorders.

4-0 out of 5 stars Success Can Be Achieved
Everyone should read this book just for it's wonderful strategies and ideas.All parents can find something to take from this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must read for parents of bp kids
The best book I've read on the subject. He has a great understanding of the subject and explains himself well. Applicable parenting ideas. Written with understanding and empathy. Covers biology as well as environmental influences. The other books he as written are helpful as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful For Parents
We found Survival Strategies for Parenting Children with BiPolar Disorder Clear, detailed, and helpful.It addresses our concerns honestly and offers helpful ways to approach the challenge of raising a child with bipolar disorder. ... Read more

13. The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 300 Questions Parents Ask (Answer Book)
by Tracy Anglada, Sheryl Hakala
Paperback: 320 Pages (2008-08-01)
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How does bipolar disorder affect learning? Is there a cure? Is this a fad diagnosis? How do I handle manipulation? How can I prevent relapses? Should I use alternative treatments? How can I parent effectively?

"We are certain that all parents whose children struggle with bipolar disorder will find this book indispensable."
- Demitri F. Papolos, MD, and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child

Co-written by a doctor and a mother whose children live with bipolar disorder, The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book explains confusing medical lingo and provides straightforward answers to all your pressing questions about treatment, parenting strategies, and everything else.

  • How is childhood bipolar disorder different from an adult onset?
  • What are the earliest symptoms?
  • Why is my child so irritable?
  • How young can these symptoms manifest?
  • Should all family members be evaluated for bipolar disorder?
  • Will my child lead a normal life?

Written in an easy-to-read Q&A format, The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book helps you understand and accept your child and develop a plan for success.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Childhood Bipolar
very helpful for parents struggling with children with this disorder.Tracy's website is also a frequent resource available to many.Thank you for making such an organized and well thought out book for parents.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great source of information
Dispite the fact I've spent lots of time and resources studing this subject I found lots of usful information that I didn't know before.It's easy to read, parctical and most importantly helpful. The format makes if easy to find what your looking for without having to spend time reading chapter after chapter hoping to come across your answer.

This book and The Bipolar Child should be manditory reading for all parents and healh care professionals that work with kids with Bipolar Disorder.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!
This book is phenominal.Many of the questions that I have had as a parent of a child with Bipolar Disorder are outlined and answered in an easy-to-read fashion.This will be a must-have for parents and therapists alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
"As a licensed mental health therapist working with the chronically mentally ill for over 13 years, I have seen
first-hand the destruction and anguish caused by ignoring or putting off a diagnosis and/or treatment. People
end up suffering for years and often turn to drugs/alcohol to self-medicate, or even worse, some take their
own lives. That being said, I am also the parent of a 7 year old who has been recently diagnosed with Early
Onset Bipolar Disorder. Working in the field and having a detailed knowledge of the disease made the
diagnosis no less devastating. This book is an invaluable resource; the authors have provided the reader
with a wealth of important information in a format that is easy to read and understand. It is not only helpful for
recognizing symptoms, but also helps to identify possible solutions. I feel the knowledge gained by reading
this book has helped pave the way for me to learn about and accept my child's illness while simultaneously
providing hope for the future."

Lisa R. Steller MA, LPC

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have book for parents whose child may or does have Bipolar Disorder
This book, like all of the others written by Tracy Anglada is a must have for your bookshelf if your child is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder or any mood disorder.She answers questions clearly and simply.The book is divided into categories to make looking up information you need easy to do without a lot of research.After reading this book, you will feeling very informed and confident to help your child receive the best of care. ... Read more

14. Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know
by John Mcmanamy
Paperback: 416 Pages (2006-10-01)
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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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4-0 out of 5 stars Very informative.
Very informative and easy to read. Must have reading for anyone living with someone that has bipolar.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and essential book
Compared to the many books I have read on depression and bipolar disorder, this is the best and more helpful.

2-0 out of 5 stars lots of medical studies
This book sites many many medical studies and doctors, but provides little real help in helping you get better if you have bipolar disorder.Lots and lots of medical studies!I read the whole book and took about 1.5 8 1/2 x 11" pages ofnotes.I didn't get that much out of this book at all.The best part of the book starts on page 345 at the back of the book.It lists lots of websites which can help you and family members with bipolar disorder.I think you would be much better off running a search on Google for bipolar disorder and checking at you local public library if you really want to read this book.I would check into other books first.I give this book about a two out five.Lots and lots of clinical data that means little to the patient.

2-0 out of 5 stars Over the top
The book has some good information in the first part, that provides useful insights into the problems faced by bipolar people.Beyond the first part I found the book to be lacking of much useful information. Some parts of the book seems more like a rag written by big pharma.

3-0 out of 5 stars Better then I thought
This is actually better then i thought originally i was going to return it thinking ok whatever this is just this dude's opinion and im not learning anything new. But flipping through it I was able to find stories of others that have shared similar experiences to myself and this guy has picked out some key info from various reference books on the subject. ... Read more

15. Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength (Voices Of series)
Paperback: 275 Pages (2010-01-01)
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Heartbreaking and yet humorous, this inspirational collection includes personal stories from more than 40 diverse people who are living with bipolar disorder—a condition that affects some five million Americans. Each story reveals strategies used to cope with the varying symptoms—from mania and depression to recklessness and listlessness—and offers insight into what it is like to have this mood instability disorder. Paired with essays from renowned medical researchers on the science of the disease and a comprehensive resources section on where to get help, these first-hand accounts illustrate the strength of the human spirit and offer the advice and encouragement essential to recovery. For those seeking bravery, consolation, strength, and understanding, this collection of stories is an invaluable and uplifting resource.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Making this disease understandable
I have two close friends with bi-polar disorder and, like Darkness Visible with depression, this book really makes the disease comprehensible to someone who is not afflicted.I highly advocate anyone who may have someone in their life with bi-polar disorder to read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Collection
A powerful collection of essays whose cumulative effect is not unlike the impact of The Noonday Demon, Andrew Solomon's account of depression.It's personal, frightening, funny, informative, illuminating ... and brilliant.There's a progression in the sequencing of chapters (four sections deal with characteristics, diagnosis, family, and care), but it's easily, and usefully, dipped into at random (although if, like me, you don't know much about the disease, the introductions by Deborah LaChance and Juliann Garey provide a solid primer).

5-0 out of 5 stars *****
Sometimes chilling, sometimes comforting, and often heartbreaking.The title tells it.First hand accounts of dealing with this terrible disease, mixed with essays from medical researchers and providers, and an invaluable guide for where to go for more help.For anyone suffering from this disorder, or for their loved ones.Remarkably, considering the subject matter, it is also sometimes, quite funny. ... Read more

16. Bipolar Disorder for Dummies
by Candida Fink, Joe Kraynak
Paperback: 360 Pages (2005-09-02)
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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 latest information and self-help strategies you and your loved ones need to help everyone affected feel a whole lot better. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bipolar Disorder for Dummies
This product was delivered quickly at a price that was right. I was very impressed.

5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful sourse to have
i have bipolar. it's very 'text book' like. it's one of 4 books i have on bipolar. wonderful source to have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bipolar Disorder for Dummies
I discarded this book when I first saw it.Then when I read a few pages from it on Amazon it appeared to be a well written book.After purchasing it I can ensure you that you will have use for this book.I have Bipolar Type 1 Disorder, and this book has been a significant help.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bipolar for Dummies is one smart purchase!
Having been a veteran of bipolar disorder since 1985, I've got some experience under my belt with the ups and downs of this disorder.My impression of this book was that it was an excellent resource book to have in my library.The disorder criteria are well explained, the medication strategies and medication choices are very good.In addition of how to treat it medically, explanations of the types of therapy that are available (supportive, insight-oriented and cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies).It's a good fit on the bookshelf in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars informative and occasionally funny book on bipolar disorder
This book should be required reading for all types of bipolar patients. It goes over all the kinds of bipolar disorder. I goes into great depth about the meds used to treat this disorder, which is extremely helpful. It also has a lot of information on cognitive behavioral techniques to help manage bipolar disorder. ... Read more

17. Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive Therapy Approach
by Cory F. Newman, Robert L. Leahy, Aaron T. Beck, Noreen Reilly-Harrington, Gyulai Laszlo
Hardcover: 280 Pages (2001-09)
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Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. A guidebook, for psychologists, to cognitive treatment strategies for bipolar disorder. Presents numerous techniques for management of the mania and hypomania. Explicates methods for helping couples and families deal with the disorder, and how it affects the lives of bipolar individuals. DNLM: Bipolar Disorder--therapy. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I'm Not So Sure About Modes
This is a great book.In spite of the fact that it deals with a very narrow area, it is instructive to someone who is new to CBT.

One of the postulates of the book is the existance of modes.They state that when someone is in a manic state (mode), they will have ideas about a particular subject.When they are in the depressive stte (mode) they will have depressive ideas about the same particular subject.If one provides CBT in the depressive mode and moderates depressive beliefs about something, when the person's mood becomes elevated, their beliefs in about the same subject will likewise be more moderate.I havn't heard of this hypothesis since and I recon the reason is that it is not true!

5-0 out of 5 stars Cognitive therapy for bipolar disorder

Newman, C. F., Leahy, R. L., Beck, A. T., Reilly-Harrington, N. A., & Gyulai, L. (2002). Bipolar disorder: A cognitive therapy approach.Washington, DC:American Psychological Association.

Overall, I liked this book and believe it to be a worthwhile read.There a few things that I did not like about the book, and I mention those here ahead of explaining what I liked about the book. This book is a composite work among several authors, and it is apparent in the multiplicity writing styles.I find it somewhat annoying when the writing style changes in mid-chapter.Another annoyance is the way the authors switch between using the terms "bipolar disorder" and "manic-depressive illness" only stating they are using "manic-depressive illness" (or "manic-depression") to honor Kay Redfield Jameson, and giving no other reason for this interchange of terminology. Finally, I missed having a glossary.A glossary would have been especially useful for those of us readers who are not familiar with all of the terminology; words such as, trait, state, and mode.These words do not appear in the index either, making it difficult to find them when one wants to review specific parts of the text that one has read at an earlier time.
The first two chapters serve as an introduction and supply background information for the rest of the book. Chapter one surveys the various presentations of bipolar disorder including diagnosis, comorbidity in diagnosis, etiology, epidemiology, and prognoses for different presentations of bipolar disorder.The second chapter surveys the cognitive therapy model as it could be applied to clients who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The remaining chapters can be used as a treatment manual for the practicing therapist who has clients who have diagnoses of one of the presentations of bipolar disorder. There is emphasis on the cognitive model, especially the collaborative nature of cognitive therapy.The authors are careful to point out the desirability of commencing therapy prior to clients' reaching either a fully depressed state or a fully manic state.
Among several significant statements in the first two chapters, I found two overarching elements: an emphasis on the diatheses-stress model of mental disorders and the extrapolation of research on unipolar depression to bipolar disorder.I was somewhat surprised at the extrapolation from simple depression to the complexities of bipolar diagnoses, but it seems to be consistent with other research literature that I have read recently.
Two of the most useful chapters for me are the chapters titled, "Moderating mania and hypomania" and "Clinical management of depression, hopelessness, and suicidality in patients with bipolar disorder."Another chapter that is personally very meaningful to me is the one titled, "Bipolar disorder and the family." This latter chapter is meaningful to me because of thework that I have done with families who have members diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The most effective cognitive therapy for mania or hypomania occurs with treatment when there are no symptoms or with prompt treatment during the prodromal stage.Treatment at this time allows clients to recognize their own signs of impending mania or hypomania.While clients are still experiencing hypomania, they can use cognitive restructuring "to test the adaptiveness of their hyperpositive thoughts, assumptions, and plans" and otherwise moderate their thoughts and behaviors. Therapists work with clients in having the clients apply cognitive therapy self-help methods to attenuate their mania or hypomania. Even though cognitive therapeutic interventions are extremely difficult to apply when a client is in a "full-blown manic episode," then the therapist is engaging in "all or nothing thinking" if she/he decides that talk therapy has no benefit at this stage of the client's disorder.Changes in medication and/or supervision might be needed at any time when the client is in a manic state.
The authors suggest that it is appropriate to use psycho-education, including bibliotherapy, with bipolar clients. Part of the psycho-education process is to help clients learn to recognize when there is an impending manic/hypomanic episode and to attenuate the consequences of a fully manic episode.Most clients have personal relapse signatures (prodromes) that they can learn to recognize even though there is substantial inter-client variability.It is important to examine the symptomatic uniqueness of each client, and each client's beliefs and schemas.Therapists can help their clients to change some of their basic thoughts about their bipolar disorder.There are certain indicators of impending mania that are common to many bipolar patients.Some of these are: (1) sleep disturbances, (2) and extreme reduction in anxiety, (3) excessive optimism, (4) social gregariousness with poor listening skills, (5) reduced ability to concentrate, (6) increased libido that causes unusual behaviors; e.g., hypersexuality, and (7) an increase in goal driven behaviors.The authors suggest the use of the Young Mania Rating Scale to rate the intensity of the symptoms.Therapists must be careful not to make clients feel overly monitored and/or controlled.Collaboration to the extent that the clients feel ownership of the interventions is required. Therapists want to teach clients reality testing of the thoughts they have when they are doing hyperpositive thinking. Specific types of thoughts that are common with manic and hypomanic clients are: (1) overestimation of capabilities, (2) reliance on luck, (3) underestimation of risk, (4) minimization of normal life problems, and (5) overvalueing of immediate gratification.Flashcards with statements to counter these thoughts can be used as covert reminders of the thinking errors clients make.Another technique is the use of the daily thought record to make the client aware of his/her automatic thoughts of this type.
Behavioral experiments can be used with clients in the manic/hypomanic phase of their disorder; however. Any behavioral experiment must be used with caution so that testing a client's theory does not lead to undesirable behaviors.Another worthwhile technique with bipolar clients is rational role-playing where the therapist plays the part of the client and the client tries to talk the therapist out of a high-risk behavior. This last technique is called the devil's advocate role play.
Some techniques that can be taught to a potentially manic client include the following when considering expansive thoughts, behaviors, or plans: (1) seek input at least two trusted other people about these plans or behaviors; (2) use two columns on a sheet of paper to make lists of the productive potential for an idea or behavior and the destructive risk for that same idea or behavior; (3) vary that technique to develop lists of benefits to others vs. costs to one's self;(4) establish a personal rule to wait 48 hours before acting on any idea, and (5) create a daily activity schedule doing only those activities that are on the schedule.
Hopelessness commonly accompanies bipolar depression.Consequently, many bipolar clients experience suicidal ideation with completion of suicide at 15% of the population with bipolar disorder.It is incumbent on the therapist continually to assess for risk of suicide in clients with bipolar disorder.Therapists can assess for suicide using direct oral questioning, self-reports of clients, and reports from other professionals or family members.The authors suggest use of the Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation (BSSI).They also suggest use of the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS).It is useful to negotiate an antisuicide agreement with clients who have expressed suicidal thoughts or feelings.They should be created collaboratively with the clients and include items such as, self-help steps the client can take when they feel suicidal, emergency contacts for the client, a list of people in the client's support system; e.g., family members who can be contacted when the client feels suicidal, and a statement of client's intent to live and to live within the spirit of the contract. Therapists must remain vigilant even after clients agree to an antisuicide contract.Therapists must help the suicidal client to replace dangerous beliefs with "alternative, life-affirming" beliefs.These clients still can do problem solving work with their therapist to try to reduce their emotional pain and to look at their life difficulties rationally.
Therapists can help depressed clients by encouraging them to take part in enjoyable and productive activities even the clients might "not feel like it."The therapist must talk to the clients about following the principle, "It is vital to do the things you would normally do if your in a good mood even if you are in a bad mood." Therapists also must teach problem solving skills to their clients, so the clients to not see problems as being hopeless with no solution.There are other techniques that can be used with clients who are depressed, but they are in other literature and not covered in this text. (I note that I was somewhat disappointed that this text did not cover the problem with suicidality in clients who are having a mixed episode.In my personal experience, the client in the most danger for attempting suicide is the client who exhibits both depressive and manic characteristics: suicidal ideation, but with enough energy to act on it.)
Finally, therapists should try to have clients and their families connect with psycho-social support groups such as the National Bipolar and Depressive SupportAlliance (BPDSA, formerly NDMDA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI, formerly the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill).

5-0 out of 5 stars Bipolar Reference Guide
Book is a necessary reference for therapists dealing with Bipolar I and II patients. The material is well presented and provides the therapist with source data usable in sessions with Dx patients.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent, practical description of cognitive therapy
This is an excellent book about cognitive therapy for bipolar disorder.It's a little newer than Basco's book on the same subject- both books are excellent and the reader could consult either or both to learn more about the subject.This book may have been written for psychiatrists and therapists, but I think it's well within reach for the layman, and so can be read by bipolar persons and their families as well.The writing is excellent and book is well organized too.Highly recommended.Avery Z. Conner, author of "Fevers of the Mind".

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent source for clinicians!
The authors, most of who are eminently respected in the field of cognitive therapy, have offered a compassionate and highly useful guide to working with individuals who suffer from manic depression.Their emphasis on respecting the dignity of each person and addressing the significant hopelessness and stigma that often accompany this condition is much needed. Rather than focusing exclusively on the psychopharmacological regimens that are part of the treatment of this disorder, the authors help to explicate the compounding variables such as drug and alcohol abuse, psychosocial and identity issues that complicate treatment.They address important issues such as self-disclosure and bipolar disorder in the practicing clinician, which are usually not mentioned in books about this condition. Their descriptions of the phenomenology of bipolar disorder are helpful and enlightening.All in all, I found this a useful, compassionate and long overdue guide for therapists who work with individuals struggling with this condition. ... Read more

18. The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder (The Healthy Mind Guides)
by Stephanie Marohn
Paperback: 240 Pages (2003-03-01)
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The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder,an innovative and inspiring book on natural medicine treatments for a healthy mind, is about healing bipolar, not merely enduring it. Within these pages, medical journalist Stephanie Marohn explores the key contributing factors and triggers for mood disorder and profiles a range of effective, nondrug-based approaches that can truly restore health. Treating the underlying imbalances, rather than suppressing the outer symptoms (as most drugs do), leads to lasting recovery. And only by considering the well-being of the mind and spirit as well as the body can comprehensive healing take place. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Was hoping it would have a plan of action
While seemingly well researched and informative, it was vague regarding a plan of action, though the author did a good job. This book was more set up to provide a compilation of different avenues to try and/or pick and choose from rather than setting forth a plan or providing guidance for formulating a plan. I have since been reading about omega 3 and bipolar. I am trying that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really good book
I loved the book because it gave many different alternatives to taking meds for bipolar disorder, but it didn't condone eliminating meds altogether without the help or guidance from your physician.It was very easy to read and comprehensive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I found this book to be a detailed, thorough examination of the causes and cures of Bipolar Disorder. The book breaks down chapters into causes, including environmental, and includes several treatment options. Options include:

-Biological Medicine
-Biochemical Treatment
-Amino Acids
-Cranial Osteopathy
and even a perspective on Shamanism.

This is the most informative singular guide that I have read regarding Bipolar Disorder.

5-0 out of 5 stars jezabel114
This book is a must have for everyone.While the book talks about bipolar, it is also applicable to other mental/emotional imbalances and absolutely for those who consider themselves "normal" and want to stay healthy throughout their life. I can't recommend this book enough.It is a true treasure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing news about Bipolar!
This book really explains how your nutritionally deficient body contributes to your bipolar and maybe even be causing it. ... Read more

19. Overcoming Bipolar Disorder: A Comprehensive Workbook for Managing Your Symptoms and Achieving Your Life Goals
by Mark Bauer, Evette Ludman, Devra E. Greenwald, Amy M. Kilbourne
Paperback: 272 Pages (2009-01-02)
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This is the first trade book to present the authors' research-proven method for helping people living with bipolar disorder gain control of their disorder. The Life Goals Program (LGP) was developed by two of the authors, Mark Bauer and Linda McBride, and has undergone two clinical trials, with more ongoing.

The LGP was designed to help the bipolar patient take charge of their disorder, rather than waiting passively for a health practitioner to stumble on the right treatment and tell the patient how to deal with the disorder. It includes a strong educational component, encouraging the person living with bipolar disorder to both learn about the disorder as well as explore their experiences with bipolar, including beliefs, first onset, triggers, cycles, feelings of stigma, effects of the disorder on social and spiritual aspects of life, and effective coping methods. Rather than creating a dichotomy where the person living with bipolar disorder is the passive patient and the health care provider (the author) is the expert, the LGP encourages the person living with bipolar disorder to become an expert on his or her disorder, and to take action in discovering what works and doesn't work in controlling the symptoms and coping with the effects of bipolar.

This workbook is arranged in modules, each one beginning with an educational component that explains the topic at hand and its relation to bipolar (for example, what happens physiologically when the person living with bipolar disorder becomes depressed, or how and why bipolar people often turn to street drugs and alcohol to cope). It then provides a step-by-step, accessible, thorough group of tools and/or exercises to help the reader explore the topic using their own experience.

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5-0 out of 5 stars bi-polar disorder
being bi-polar this book has helped me tremendously.it has been very informative about the disease, the treatment, and various signs you can prevent mania or depression.it is done in modules which i like and the exercises are extremely revealing.this book is good for any one that is bi-polar beginner or wanting to refresh their skills. ... Read more

20. When Someone You Love Is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner
by Cynthia G. Last
Paperback: 306 Pages (2009-04-16)
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When bipolar disorder afflicts the person you love, you suffer too. How have other couples learned to manage the relationship strains caused by this illness? What can you do to provide your partner with truly helpful nurturance and support? No one cares more deeply about these questions than Dr. Cynthia Last, a highly regarded therapist/researcher who also has bipolar disorder. Sharing stories and solutions from her own experience and the couples she has treated, Dr. Last offers heartfelt, practical guidance for getting through the out-of-control highs and the devastating lows--together. Learn how you can help your spouse come to terms with a bipolar diagnosis, get the most out of treatment, and reduce or prevent future mood episodes, while also taking care of yourself.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book
Had a lot of info I already knew but it is still a pretty good book. ... Read more

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