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Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide to Identifying Triggers, Managing Medications, Coping with Symptoms, and More

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  14 reviews
After receiving a bipolar diagnosis, you need clear answers. Bipolar 101 is a straightforward guide to understanding bipolar disorder. It includes all the information you need to control your symptoms and live better. Authored by both a psychologist and a mental health expert who has bipolar disorder herself, this pocket guide is the only book on bipolar disorder you'll ev ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by New Harbinger Publications (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
The information was pretty obvious and I knew most of it. I also don't think it's right to say the people around a bipolar person suffer more than the bipolar person themselves. There may be some instances where this is true, but it is certainly not universal. ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Extremely basic. Meant to be the first book that you read after a diagnosis when you are too freaked out or uninformed to handle a lot of medications. Not of use to anyone who has a history with the disorder and is looking for more along the lines of latest research, meds, coping techniques, etc.
Emily Decker
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: december-2020
This book is definitely suited for those who have just gotten a diagnosis for Bipolar or who are totally unsure how to document their moods, foods, exercise, meds, etc. It is great for anyone who is really just starting out on their Bipolar journey or those who have yet to get a handle on their diagnosis. It has charts to copy and use and ways to document by asking you questions to answer so you can understand triggers, etc. Ruth C. White has another book on Bipolar I love pertaining to preventi ...more
Christine Fay
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a really good, practical guide to managing your disorder, especially if you haven’t read anything else. It offers practical steps that will definitely help if you follow her advice. (Understand Bipolar, get treatment, take your meds, know your triggers, track your moods, get enough sleep, minimize stress, get regular exercise, get good nutrition, build a support system, and advocate for yourself). A good read for someone interested in this disorder, written by someone who suffers from BP ...more
Brett Starr
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource for bipolar disorder

This was a very complete book about bipolar disorder. I enjoyed reading it because it not only described the disease and challenges, but also provided instructions on how to make oneself recover from suffering. Also, a good resource for diet, exercise, social support, and handling work disclosure choices. Impressive book! Highly recommend it.
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
A good resource for people suspecting that they have Bipolar, and want to know what they need to do to get started on regulating their symptoms. For clinicians, there isn't much extra information except the importance of structure and keeping track of client's triggers, exercise, eating habits and sleep. ...more
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Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This isn't really a book that you read cover-to-cover. It's a good book for somebody who has just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but I was mainly using it for the charts with it. The charts are actually very helpful if you are going to be keeping a mood journal. ...more
Jason Holland
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: counseling
Seemed like a good foundation to help support and understand those with bipolar.
Jennifer Day
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books you don't necessarily have to read chapter by chapter but it does help when you do. I've been diagnosed as bipolar for over 10 years, closer to 15 actually and I wish this book had been there in the beginning. While not everything in it applies to everyone with this disorder it does have many useful tools and definitions as well as what basically amounts to homework to help you understand the intricacies and complications that arise with many bipolar people. I haven't ...more
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mental-health
A good primer, along the same lines as Living with Bipolar: A Guide to Understanding and Managing the Disorder. I think I would have found this especially useful when I was just getting used to the diagnosis--it has careful action plans that help you evaluate your diet, exercise, medication, sleep, etc and work towards healthy levels. ...more
Cathy Blackler
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great resource for families navigating the frightening challenges of a bipolar diagnosis. Practical strategies that are helpful for the stressors we all encounter everyday, not only for people on the bipolar spectrum.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I think this book would have been good for me to read when I was first diagnosed, but I didn't really learn much from it just skimming through it. ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another excellent resource for folks (like me) with bipolar disorder. I use some of the strategies I learned in this book every single day. This is one I frequently recommend to others.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing

A must have & great primer for those just diagnosed w/bipolar disorder. Informative, thorough, and easy to read.
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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

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