The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know

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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.

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Overview

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."

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a practical and easy-to-read book designed to help patients with bipolar disease and their families cope with this severe, chronic illness.
Purpose: It is designed to be an aid for these individuals, answering many of the common questions and addressing many of the stigmas and pitfalls associated with getting the right diagnosis and treatment.
Audience: The book is obviously written for patients who suffer from bipolar disorder as well as their families, but it also can be useful to less-seasoned clinicians in understanding patients' perspectives and some of the common issues they need to confront.
Features: Part 1 addresses the basic issue of how this book can help the individual, looks at the experience of bipolar disorder from a variety of perspectives, addresses obtaining the right diagnosis and how individuals can cope with it. Part 2 covers the etiology of bipolar disorder as well as the role of medication and therapy, while part 3 focuses on strategies to help individuals better manage their illness in a variety of situations.
Assessment: This is a thoughtful, well-balanced, and informative book for individuals suffering from bipolar disorder and their families. The information is accurate and the book addresses many of the relevant issues that patients and families will need to confront. Its chapters on obtaining an accurate diagnosis and managing the illness are very helpful and pertinent. The section on medication is a bit basic, but accurate and certainly a good starting point for most patients and their families. Some parts of the book are quite insightful and can be helpful to even the most experienced clinicians in appreciating patients' perspectives of their illness.
NAMI Advocate
"The author's expertise, compassion, and experience are evident throughout....Well worth reading and remembering."--NAMI Advocate (on the previous edition)
Reintegration Today
"The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide is a thorough, research-based book for consumers who would like to learn about their illness and how to manage it."--Reintegration Today (on the previous edition)
Metapsychology Online Book Reviews
"This book is crammed full of useful information for bipolar patients, their family members, therapists, friends, lovers, employers and anyone else interested in bipolar disorders....This book is so well written and so full of useful advice as to how to plan and organize a life, that it could be profitably studied by anyone, whether or not he or she has bipolar disorder or knows someone who does."--Metapsychology Online Book Reviews (on the previous edition)
NAMI Advocate

"The author''s expertise, compassion, and experience are evident throughout....Well worth reading and remembering."--NAMI Advocate (on the previous edition)

Reintegration Today

"The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide is a thorough, research-based book for consumers who would like to learn about their illness and how to manage it."--Reintegration Today (on the previous edition)

Metapsychology Online Book Reviews

"This book is crammed full of useful information for bipolar patients, their family members, therapists, friends, lovers, employers and anyone else interested in bipolar disorders....This book is so well written and so full of useful advice as to how to plan and organize a life, that it could be profitably studied by anyone, whether or not he or she has bipolar disorder or knows someone who does."--Metapsychology Online Book Reviews (on the previous edition)

From the Publisher

"A practical, straightforward book that will be a great help to those who have bipolar illness, as well as their families. I could not recommend this book more highly."--Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, author of An Unquiet Mind

"This book has been a faithful friend in the difficult time since my diagnosis. I particularly appreciate the insights into communicating effectively with doctors, family, and friends after an episode. The charts, lists, and practical tools are amazing for those of us who like to be proactive and organized. But the best part of the book is the quotations from others with the disorder who share their experiences and feelings. I've said some of these exact things myself; seeing them here helps me feel just a little bit less isolated and more hopeful."--N.B., Boulder, Colorado

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606235423
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/31/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 87,034
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David J. Miklowitz, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Medicine, and Senior Clinical Researcher at Oxford University, UK. He directs the Integrative Study Center in Mood Disorders and the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at the UCLA Semel Institute. Dr. Miklowitz's numerous publications include the award-winning book for professionals Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

I. The Experience and Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

1. How This Book Can Help You Survive—and Thrive

2. Understanding the Experience of Bipolar Disorder

3. Into the Doctor’s Court: Getting an Accurate Diagnosis

4. “Is It an Illness or Is It Me?”: Coping with the Diagnosis

II. Laying the Foundation for Effective Treatment

5. Where Bipolar Disorder Comes From: Genetics, Biology, and Stress

6. What Medication and Psychotherapy Can Do for You

7. Coming to Terms with Your Medications

III. Practical Strategies for Staying Well

8. Tips to Help You Manage Moods and Improve Your Daily Life

9. Heading Off the Escalation of Mania

10. Halting the Spiral of Depression 

11. Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings

12. For Women Only: What You Need to Know about Bipolar Disorder and Your Health

13. Succeeding at Home and at Work: Communication, Problem-Solving Skills, and Dealing Effectively with Stigma

Resources for People with Bipolar Disorder

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    As Essential as Basic Math & English

    This "Survival Guide" should be required reading for everyone over the age of 12. Why so young?!

    Because this is the first book I have EVER seen that explains the difference between
    1) the way you feel, think and act;
    2) the way your loved ones, friends, and family see, interpret, or "label" your words and actions;
    3) the way your loved ones, family, and friends respond, or react to your words and actions;
    4) the way, or more accurately, the method, used by the doctor to a) evaluate your feelings, thoughts, and actions, objectively; b) determine if your responses and actions fit a standardized set of criteria, and a formal diagnosis; and c) determine a treatment plan tailored to your specific case.

    In my opinion, this fundamental element of all communication - that there is Always more than one side to every story - is so basic, a Critcal element of every human interaction, but, like breathing, we don't think about until it calls for out attention.

    We all have feelings, emotions, and thoughts, upon which we have acted, to our benefit and often to our detriment. We have all voiced our feelings, emotions, and our thoughts, and, have been taken aback, or shocked, at the response.

    This "a-ha" moment is presented in the first 50 pages of a 360+ page book. And it continues, true to its title, to be The Survival Guide you want - strike that - you NEED when dealing with emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

    I only wish I had been required to recite this basic concept of "3 sides to every story," as often as I recited multiplication tables. I believe we would all be happier, and more comfortable in our own skin for it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Good info, but wordy...

    This book has lots of good information.

    However, it is not formatted for the nook - you only get about 1/2 screen view. And it is extraordinarily wordy - you can skip entire pages because you know exactly how they go. Its full of space eaters like "friends, family and significant other".

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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