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Preventing Bipolar Relapse: A Lifestyle Program to Help You Maintain a Balanced Mood and Live Well

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If you buy just one book on bipolar disorder, let this be it.

There’s an old saying: “Prevention is better than cure.” If you have bipolar disorder, this is especially true. For you, it's incredibly important to read the warning signs of a possible episode. For instance, you may find you are not sleeping as well as usual, or you might be sleeping too much. You may stop doin
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by New Harbinger Publications (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dana
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it

This is a well thought out and informative book about Bipolar episodes. There is a wealth of information and some really great tips. My only two qualms are that I feel like much of the information is basic and just plain old common sense and in this age of information many people with mental illness are well read up on their disorder, and this book doesn't really add anything new. Another issue is that with so many link to websites and charts I feel like this book would have worked better as a j
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Lyn
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Accurate and Informative
Sometimes I review a book out of interest. This book I reviewed out of desperation and urgent need of help. On the verge of a family crisis I reviewed this book before attending our first meeting with a psychiatrist. The doctor was amazed and impressed at the knowledge I shared (specifically the charts that we had completed in the two weeks since the initial pre-diagnosis). The information is given in an easy to understand method. The charts focus on specific tasks that t
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Courtney Vasiliev
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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Preventing bipolar relapse
Ruth White
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I got this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review


I liked this book. I don't have biplor disorder but I have family members who do. I am definitely going to get this book for a family member.

This book isnt about "curing" bi polar disorder just preventing it. White explains that if you look for triggers it can help you as well as her SNAP program
(Sleep nutrition activity people) I didnt figure these small changes could help a person so much. I a
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Nermeen Mahmoud
A very informative book, didn't add that much, but it's useful.
Jason
Jan 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
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How-to- 'survive' 'cope with' 'understand'- (insert illness here) are rarely… no never successful. They are incredibly singular in approach, with scant review of gender, age, social-economic demographic, or other crucial factors. In this way they establish a baseline of irrelevant suggestions, a passing, hasty analysis of data, and deliver a shallow arrangement of ill-constructed out-come-based hypotheticals. Let's put it this way, generalizations applied to human experiences and behavi
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Beach Mama
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, self-help
I have struggled with being bipolar for over 3 years now. While I don't think there is any perfect formula to regulating swings between manic and depression, I do think Ruth white offers very practical advice in this book as to how you can make an effort to be as healthy as possible in the areas of sleep, nutrition, activity and people (SNAP). In my own personal experience, sleep and nutrition are the key elements I struggle with. If you deprive you mind of rest and nutrients, you can't expect i ...more
Alexandra
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I received this book from Goodreads First Reads.


The tables and graphs were beneficial and the open letter/contract with yourself at the beginning to start the process was a clever idea but overall the read was dry, repetitive, and obvious.

If it's your first book reading about Bi-Polar management, it's a good start.

However if you were looking for a book with more resources other than journal-writing, it was lacking.

This book seemed more like a thesis paper for a college graduate than a sel
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Kelly
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was very informative without using major medical jargon so anyone with any background could read and comprehend this book. Whether you have bipolar disorder or someone you love does, I would recommend this book to further understand the disorder and to help prevent a relapse. Knowledge is power.
Fred Kohn
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The book is intended for those with a diagnosis I think; I can't imagine that a non-bipolar person would find it especially interesting There were some goodreads reviewers that complained about how basic the book was— I saw that as a strength. I have found that the key to staying healthy is to find a few simple, basic things that work for you, and don't complicate things.
Sarah
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Good advice, but nothing that shook me up. Of course, i've been in therapy for ages so i pretty much have the routine down. A solid introduction to the wide world of bipolarity and how to handle it with aplomb.
Amanda Yanez
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
The information in this book, while important, seems like a very basic summarization of other (more detailed) strategies that have come before. Additionally, the strategies are not organized into a program--may be more accurate for the subtitle to be "Lifestyle Tips to Help You Maintain..."
Janel
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Easy, straightforward. Although some repetitiveness and misinformation on medication.
Aaron  Polish
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
very good on the way the actions of fixing the relapse of bipolar gets,,,,only one problem,,,, the publisher had made the three errors of the typing spells.
Ashley
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I found it very informative, easy to read, and full of valuable information and tools that will be helpful to anyone living with bipolar disorder.

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While some of the information in the book is pretty standard and can be found elsewhere, White focuses on developing a plan to keep you healthy. The way she outlines strategies that can help you manage is helpful, as are the resources she provides. The many worksheets she includes for tracking food, medicine, symptoms, exercise, and more may be helpful to some, but I like using tools in mobile apps instead. They are more convenient and I can set reminders.
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skimmed through this one, it's attitude was fine, but bit a lot of info I didn't already have
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Ruth C. White, PhD, MPH, MSW, is clinical associate professor at the University of Southern California's School of Social Work and has taught undergraduate and graduate students in social work for fifteen years. White received her MSW from McGill University and her PhD and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as a social worker in Canada, the US, and the UK in various ty ...more