Facing Bipolar: The Young Adult's Guide to Dealing with Bipolar Disorder

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When you travel to a new city, it helps to have a map close at hand. On the first day of school, you need to have your schedule of classes. And if you've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or suspect you may have it, then it's even more important to have a guidebook within reach.

Facing Bipolar will help you navigate the world of medications, therapists, and the up-and-down mood cycles common to the disorder. It clearly explains what bipolar disorder is and provides sound ...

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Overview

When you travel to a new city, it helps to have a map close at hand. On the first day of school, you need to have your schedule of classes. And if you've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or suspect you may have it, then it's even more important to have a guidebook within reach.

Facing Bipolar will help you navigate the world of medications, therapists, and the up-and-down mood cycles common to the disorder. It clearly explains what bipolar disorder is and provides sound guidance for developing the necessary coping skills to manage its impact on your life.

In this book you'll discover:

  • How therapy and medications can help
  • When and how to tell your friends, roommates, and teachers
  • The four key factors that will bring more stability to your life
  • How to develop a support network and access college resources
  • Ways to overcome the challenges in accepting this illness
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Editorial Reviews

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"Adjusting to the personal and social demands of high school, college, and the young adult years is more complex than it has ever been. And for today’s adolescents and young adults with bipolar disorder, the challenges are even greater and the stakes even higher. With their book Facing Bipolar, Federman and Thomson provide us with an important new resource. Based on sound clinical research and the rich experience of two knowledgeable practitioners, the book speaks in a direct and easy-to-understand voice that addresses the everyday questions of those initially facing this disruptive disorder. I strongly recommend this high-impact resource for teens, young adults, and others confronting the reality of bipolar disorder, and for the bookshelves of the counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists who treat them."
—Alan M. Schwitzer, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist and editor of the Journal of College Counseling

"Federman and Thomson have written a very thoughtful and pragmatic book. Their poignant stories describe the critical processes of recognition and acceptance while their straightforward advice conveys important treatment strategies required to manage this complex condition. This really is a must-read for young adults coming to terms with bipolar disorder."
—Richard Kadison, MD, chief of Harvard University Mental Health Services and author of College of the Overwhelmed

"In my work with college students who occasionally get derailed, I have found that no issue is more perplexing for students and those who love them than the onset of bipolar disorder. Federman and Thomson provide a valuable frame of reference for making sense of the chaos that bipolar disorder can bring to the life of a college student. Students and family members will also find comfort and order in the sound words they provide."
—Penny Rue, Vice Chancellor of student affairs at the University of California, San Diego

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572246423
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 379,512
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Russ Federman, PhD, is director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Virginia and clinical assistant professor in the university's Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiological Sciences. He is a licensed psychologist, a diplomate in clinical psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of College Counseling.

J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., MD, is a staff psychiatrist at the University of Virginia's Counseling and Psychological Services in the Department of Student Health. He is a clinical assistant professor in the university's Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiological Sciences. He is also a staff psychiatrist at the University of Virginia's Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy and at Region 10 Community Services. He maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, VA.

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Table of Contents

acknowledgments vii

introduction 1

Chapter 1 what is bipolar disorder and how can you tell if you have it? 7

Depression and Mania: The Two Poles of Bipolar Disorder

Having Bipolar Disorder vs. Being Bipolar

Chapter 2 getting help 27

Hesitation Is Normal

Where to Turn for Help

Your First Appointment

Diagnosis

Treatment Recommendations

What's Your Role in This Process?

What You Need to Know About Medications for Bipolar Disorder

Medications Prescribed for Bipolar Disorder

If You're Depressed, Why Can't You Take an Antidepressant?

Why You Shouldn't Stop Your Medications

Chapter 3 how do you accept all this? 45

The Stigma of Mental Illness

Defensiveness in Response to Feedback: A Common Reaction

Not Wanting to Accept Your Bipolar Reality

Vulnerability: An Unfamiliar Aspect of the Emerging Self

Wanting to Fit In

The inevitable Tendency Toward Denial

The Bipolar Masquerade

Anger and Helplessness: The Precursors of Depression

Pseudo-Acceptance: A Common Blind Spot

Writing Your Own Story

Finding Acceptance

Chapter 4 what you can do: the four S's of bipolar stability 77

Creating a Structured Life

Managing Stress

Getting Good Sleep

Learning to Self-Monitor

Chapter 5 how open can you be about your disorder? 99

Transparency with Others

The Notion of a Helping Team

The Benefit of Support from Others with Bipolar Disorder

Chapter 6 managing your independence 119

Being Involved but Not Overcommitted

Alcohol, Drugs, and Partying

Continuing Your Psychiatric Treatment Away from Home

Academic Parachutes: Course Drops and Full Medical Withdrawals

Chapter 7 looking forward 135

Do You Have toLet Go of Your Hopes and Dreams?

Taking Stock of Your Strengths

Picking Yourself Up After a Fall

Will You Ever Get Better?

Creating New Hopes and Dreams

Appendix A internet resources 153

Medication-Related Websites

Stress Management Websites

Mindfulness Websites

Appendix B using the sleep, mood, and energy chart 155

References 159

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    I have bipolar disorder and ocd.

    I have had bipolar disorder for more than a year. I did not know i had bipolar disorder until two years ago.

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