• The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide

  • What You and Your Family Need to Know
  • By: David J. Miklowitz
  • Narrated by: Kris Koscheski
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (400 ratings)

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The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide

By: David J. Miklowitz
Narrated by: Kris Koscheski
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Publisher's summary

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

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"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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You will feel so validated

I can't turn back time but I spent the last 4 years on the wrong medications (antidepressants) and lost even more years of work because of undiagnosed bipolar. Not even going to talk about the internal suffering and the interpersonal and familial loneliness.

Maybe it wasn't the right time yet to have the clarity and hindsight to see that, as I listen to this wonderful book, I had met all the criteria my whole life, in all of my life situations. It is SO biological; it is SO not a character or moral flaw.

We have suffered so much for this disorder. But now I am so thankful I have clarity on my life now. No more cracking the code. I didn't ask for this. And I can manage it now. Read or listen to this book if you think you may have bipolar disorder or have been diagnosed with major depression and are still suffering in confusion. You will feel so validated.

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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.

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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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Life saver

Focused handbook for anyone suffering from or watching someone suffer from the disorder therapeutic mindfulAnd truly liberating

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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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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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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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Extremely helpful

Dated someone with bipolar for almost 5 years, had I listened to this book in the beginning things could have been a lot better and guaranteed had a different outcome.

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Absolutely useful!

A useful guide to help ourselves or our loved ones with this condition. This book should be a must read For people with the diagnosis!

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