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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. In The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, you will learn:

  • How you can distinguish between early warning signs of bipolar mood swings and normal ups and downs
  • What medications are available, and what their side effects are
  • What you should do when you find yourself escalating into mania or descending into depression
  • How you can tell your coworkers about your illness without endangering your career
  • How you can provide constructive help and support to a loved one with bipolar disorder

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 best-selling 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".

©2011 The Guilford Press (P)2013 Tantor

Critic 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, Ph.D., author of An Unquiet Mind)

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Great resource

This book offered me invaluable resources in granting me a deeper understanding of bipolar disorder. I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with bipolar disorder

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Very helpful book for patients & their families.

Detailed and helpful resource for anyone attempting to live with bipolar disorder. Easy to understand.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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In for a long ride.

Very detailed and in depth book on this disorder. If you are facing it. You will get the facts here. No candy coating here.

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Helped a lot to understand the disorder

Helped a lot to understand the disorder so I can help my son.
Thanks a lot.

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PhD's writing books

I have read An unquiet mind by Jamison and didn't think it was that easy to follow. Jamison and Miklowitz are psychiatrist, they went to 16 years of college, med school, and post-med... they are very bright and have trouble coming down to the rest of our level. Miklowitz book is a little dry and void of emotion. Yet it is insightful and he is quite diligent in explaining the world of Bipolar Disorder.

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This book was really helpful

I’ve struggled with bipolar disorder for 8 years. I didn’t seek treatment till year 8. I ignored the initial diagnosis but now that I’ve accepted it I’ve started to accept and seek any information I could find on it. This book was extremely helpful in understanding myself and my struggles where this illness is concerned. I identified with a lot in this book.

I also liked the narration. Clear and easy to understand and well paced.

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very helpful

loved tbis book it has been extremely helpful. an invaluable resource and will forever benifits me.

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  • CSM Student
  • 12-08-15

Answered loads of questions...

The support for Bipolar in the UK is very different to the US in respect of information. This book gave examples of patient experience that I could relate to and tempered the very frightening diagnosis. Its a must for anyone needing guidance for themselves or loved ones to enable you to drive the illness rather than the other way round.

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  • Aaron
  • 07-19-17

a life saver. almost literally!

a life saver, I don't get time to read so the audiobook version was spot on.

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  • Jacob
  • 08-08-16

Full of a wealth of knowledge

Helpful and practical. well organized topics and very well rounded for informing and giving hope for those with bipolar and friends and family. Thank you.