Overcoming Bipolar Disorder: A Comprehensive Workbook for Managing Your Symptoms and Achieving Your Life Goals

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A doctor may understand the symptoms of bipolar disorder and your close friends and relatives may know your manic and depressive phases inside and out, but only you have experienced your bipolar disorder firsthand. This workbook will help you learn how to recognize your mania and depression triggers, develop coping skills for managing symptoms, form more productive partnerships with your healthcare providers, and keep your life in balance as you work toward your goals.

The authors' Life Goals Program has already helped hundreds of people with bipolar disorder understand how bipolar works and take charge of their lives. Overcoming Bipolar Disorder makes Life Goals Program techniques available to the public for the first time, giving you the tools you need to create an action plan for symptom management designed specifically for you. You'll also discover how simple changes to your eating, exercise, and sleeping habits can improve your mood and keep symptoms at bay.

Overcoming Bipolar Disorder is about more than just medication. New research shows that learning specific skills to manage bipolar disorder can significantly reduce symptoms and help to maintain long-term balanceĀ…. It should be an important resource for people living with bipolar disorder and for concerned family members.-Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, psychiatrist and researcher at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, WA

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"Overcoming Bipolar Disorder is about more than just medication. New research shows that learning specific skills to manage bipolar disorder can significantly reduce symptoms and help to maintain long-term balance . . . . It should be an important resource for people living with bipolar disorder and for concerned family members."--(Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, psychiatrist and researcher at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, WA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572245648
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 1/2/2009
  • Series: Workbook Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 380,956
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark S. Bauer, MD, is professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and his medical degree and psychiatry residency training from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an internationally recognized educator, researcher, and clinician, with particular expertise in bipolar disorder.

Amy M. Kilbourne, PhD, MPH, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in molecular biology and rhetoric. She has both a master's degree in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and a doctoral degree in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles. Kilbourne's research is focused on improving outcomes in individuals with mood disorders through integrated general medical and mental health care strategies, and translating effective treatment models for mood disorders into community-based settings.

Devra E. Greenwald, MPH, received her bachelor's degree from Vassar College and her master's degree in public health from Yale University. She conducts research in mental health at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

Evette J. Ludman, PhD, received her bachelor's degree from Brown University and her doctorate from the University of Oregon. She is a clinical psychologist and researcher at Group Health Cooperative, where she motivates people to make positive life changes, from quitting smoking to overcoming depression.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Overcoming Bipolar Disorder 1

Part I Bipolar Disorder Basics

Module 1 What Is Bipolar Disorder? 7

Module 2 Some Science 18

Module 3 Working from Your Core Values 26

Module 4 The Impact of Bipolar Disorder on Your Life 32

Module 5 Your Physical Health 45

Module 6 Unwanted Co-travelers 50

Module 7 The Clinical Side of Treatment for Bipolar Disorder 56

Part II Working Through Mania

Module 8 Constructing a Personal Mania Profile 71

Module 9 Identifying Mania Triggers 78

Module 10 Cataloguing Coping Responses to Manic Symptoms 83

Module 11 Introducing the Personal Cost-Benefit Analysis for Responses to Mania 88

Module 12 Applying the Personal Cost-Benefit Analysis to Substance Use 94

Module 13 Working Through Psychosis 102

Module 14 Anger and Irritability 111

Module 15 Personal Action Plan for Mania 124

Part III Working Through Depression

Module 16 Constructing a Personal Depression Profile 133

Module 17 Identifying Depression Triggers 140

Module 18 Cataloguing Coping Responses to Depression 145

Module 19 Applying the Personal Cost-Benefit Analysis to Responses to Depression 149

Module 20 Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts 154

Module 21 Anxiety-Another Unwanted Co-traveler 160

Module 22 Taking an Experimental Attitude Toward Working on Depression and Anxiety 166

Module 23 Taking Action to Fight Depression and Anxiety 173

Module 24 Coping with Negative Thoughts in Depression and Anxiety 179

Module 25 Personal Action Plan for Depression 186

Part IV Working to Wellness: Physical Health

Module 26 Healthy Diet-Food and Mood Connections 195

Module 27 Get Moving for Maximum Physical and Mental Health 207

Module 28Managing Tobacco Use-It's Your Choice 213

Module 29 Sleep to Keep Your Life in Balance 222

Part V Working to Wellness: Your Life Goals

Module 30 Working Through to Your Life's Goals 233

Part VI Managing Your Care

Module 31 Working Collaboratively with Your Providers 251

Appendix A Self-Help Resources 263

Appendix B Psychotropic Drugs Commonly Prescribed for Bipolar Disorder 265

Appendix C Guide for Clinicians 269

References 275

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    Posted January 23, 2010

    Overcoming Bipolar Disorder

    A comprehnsive and useful tool for the diagnosed and the clinician working with the diagnosed

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