The Bipolar Workbook: Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings

The Bipolar Workbook: Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings
by: Monica Ramirez Basco PhD
publisher: The Guilford Press, published: 2005-12-21
ASIN: 1593851626
EAN: 9781593851620
sales rank: 14472
price: $13.70 (new), $6.44 (used)
Mood swings may be a part of your life, but the struggle to control them doesn’t have to dominate it. Together with the right course of medication, The Bipolar Workbook can put you back in control. Dr. Monica Ramirez Basco has assembled a versatile toolkit of proven self-help strategies designed to help you recognize the early warning signs of relapse, resist the seductive pull of manic episodes, and escape the paralysis of depression. Whether you’re new to the diagnosis (and not quite sure it fits) or want to enhance your current treatment, this simple program puts you in charge. Easy-to-follow guidelines and worksheets help you identify problem areas and minimize their impact, including ways to:

  • Reduce the recurrence and severity of your symptoms.
  • Slow things down and get the sleep you need when mania strikes.
  • Keep motivated and avoid procrastination when you’re depressed.
  • Fine-tune medical treatments to maximize your gains.
  • Rein in emotional reactions.
  • Stay focused and achieve your goals.

Since every individual’s experience with bipolar disorder is unique, Dr. Basco encourages you to customize a plan that suits your needs. So take charge and make a better life.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
by: Kay Redfield Jamison
publisher: Vintage, published: 1996-10
ASIN: 0679763309
EAN: 9780679763307
sales rank: 1484
price: $7.31 (new), $0.01 (used)


In her bestselling classic, An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison changed the way we think about moods and madness.

Dr. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, Jamison found herself succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients, as her disorder launched her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempted suicide.

Here Jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication. An Unquiet Mind is a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives.

When Someone You Love Is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner

When Someone You Love Is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner
by: Cynthia G. Last
publisher: The Guilford Press, published: 2009-04-16
ASIN: 1593856083
EAN: 9781593856083
sales rank: 114572
price: $8.99 (new), $9.00 (used)

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.


Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Individuals and Families

Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Individuals and FamiliesUpdated Edition
by: Michael W. Otto
publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, published: 2011-03-30
ASIN: 0199782024
EAN: 9780199782024
sales rank: 79670
price: $6.00 (new), $6.61 (used)

Living with Bipolar Disorder is designed to help patients and their families develop the skills they need to be good consumers of treatment and to become expert partners in the management of this challenging disorder. Drawing on research documenting the strength of combining drug treatments with behavioral interventions for fighting bipolar disorder, the authors of this book take a skill-based, family-and-friends approach to managing the ups and downs commonly experienced with bipolar disorder. Readers will learn how to better recognize mood shifts before they happen, minimize their impact, and move on with their lives. Family members will learn how to recognize potential problems, provide encouragement, practice new coping skills, and understand what a loved one is going through. Living with Bipolar Disorder provides worksheets and forms to help readers reinforce skills and practices learned in therapy, as well as useful information about the details of living with bipolar disorder, advice on the best ways to avoid relapses, and strategies for anticipating problems. In this new edition, the authors have expanded the text to reflect the newest advances in research on the management of bipolar disorder, adding the latest in drug information, advice on selecting a therapist, a discussion of the challenges of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood with bipolar, managing stress, improving relationship and communication skills both with the family and with one’s clinician, and more. Living with Bipolar Disorder offers a wealth of effective strategies to reduce the likelihood of episodes of depression or mania and maximize the enjoyment of life.

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know
by: David J. Miklowitz PhD
publisher: The Guilford Press, published: 2010-12-15
ASIN: 1606235427
EAN: 9781606235423
sales rank: 2863
price: $12.35 (new), $12.00 (used)


Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward reclaiming your life from bipolar disorder. 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. You need current information and practical problem-solving advice you can count on. You’ve come to the right place.
* How can you distinguish between early warning signs of bipolar mood swings and normal ups and downs?
* 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 tell your coworkers about your illness without endangering your career?
* If you have a family member with bipolar disorder, how can you provide constructive help and support?
Trusted authority Dr. David J. Miklowitz offers straight talk, true stories, and proven strategies that can help you achieve greater balance and free yourself from out-of-control moods. The updated second edition of this bestselling guide has the latest facts on medications and therapy, an expanded discussion of parenting issues for bipolar adults, and a new chapter, “For Women Only.”