Mastering Bipolar Disorder: An Insider's Guide to Managing Mood Swings and Finding Balance

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Gathered from sufferers young and old, these first-hand accounts of individuals with bipolar disorder are equally inspirational, informative, and amusing. They cover all aspects of the disorder, from first symptoms and diagnosis, to times when the disorder is more or less under control. They also emphasize the importance of personal strategies for handling the disorder, such as exercise and support networks alongside medication and professional assistance. Featuring tips from clinicians and the latest research, ...

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Overview

Gathered from sufferers young and old, these first-hand accounts of individuals with bipolar disorder are equally inspirational, informative, and amusing. They cover all aspects of the disorder, from first symptoms and diagnosis, to times when the disorder is more or less under control. They also emphasize the importance of personal strategies for handling the disorder, such as exercise and support networks alongside medication and professional assistance. Featuring tips from clinicians and the latest research, this is filled with tested and proven solutions for living a happy and healthy life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741755466
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 696,649
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Kerrie Eyers is a psychologist, teacher, and editor with many years experience in mental health. She is the editor of Tracking the Black Dog. Gordon Parker is the executive director of the Black Dog Institute and author of Dealing with Depression. Kerrie Eyers and Gordon Parker previously collaborated on Journeys with the Black Dog.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

On balance: Conjuring the metaphor xv

1 Triumphs and tumbles Ups and downs of bipolar disorder 1

2 Dazzling and daredevil The spiral of mood elevation 23

3 Sparkling in the spotlight Creativity and bipolar disorder 36

4 Damage control The fallout from a bipolar high 55

5 Down to the wire Responses to diagnosis 72

6 Perfecting balance Acting on early warning signs 86

7 The show must go on Acceptance of bipolar disorder 100

8 Handling the swings Medication and mood balance 129

9 Performance partnerships Professionals and risk management 150

10 The acrobats' pyramid Family and friends in formation 175

11 Becoming a ring master The discipline of self-management 198

12 Practising the art Bipolar disorder and the getting of wisdom 229

Appendix 1 Perfecting the routine: More bipolar control techniques 250

Appendix 2 The safety net: A wellbeing plan 264

References 271

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