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If you’re bipolar, read it.  Without question.  If your child is bipolar, definitely read it.  A spouce?  Dig in.  It forces you (all) to face some though questions and even tougher memories, but the advice is indispensable and spot on in every scenario.  (I found it almost scary how similar behavior  an be from one manic depressive to another.  Are we that freakin predictable??)

THE BIPOLAR SURVIVAL GUIDE

The Bipolar Survival Guide

Synopsis

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.”

Reviews

  • “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”
  • The author’s expertise, compassion, and experience are evident throughout….Well worth reading and remembering.”–NAMI Advocate (on the previous edition) NAMI Advocate

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