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