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.
* How can you distinguish between early warning signs of bipolar mood swings and normal ups and downs?* What medications are available, and what are their side effects?* What should you do when you find yourself escalating into mania or descending into depression?* How can you tell your coworkers about your illness without endangering your career?* If you have a family member with bipolar disorder, how can you provide constructive help and support? 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 bestselling 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.""
David J. Miklowitz, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Medicine, and Senior Clinical Researcher at Oxford University, UK. He directs the Integrative Study Center in Mood Disorders and the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at the UCLA Semel Institute. Dr. Miklowitz's numerous publications include the award-winning book for professionals Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles.
I. The Experience and Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder1. How This Book Can Help You Survive-and Thrive2. Understanding the Experience of Bipolar Disorder 3. Into the Doctor's Court: Getting an Accurate Diagnosis 4. "Is It an Illness or Is It Me?": Coping with the Diagnosis II. Laying the Foundation for Effective Treatment5. Where Bipolar Disorder Comes From: Genetics, Biology, and Stress 6. What Medication and Psychotherapy Can Do for You7. Coming to Terms with Your MedicationsIII. Practical Strategies for Staying Well 8. Tips to Help You Manage Moods and Improve Your Daily Life9. Heading Off the Escalation of Mania10. Halting the Spiral of Depression 11. Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings 12. For Women Only: What You Need to Know about Bipolar Disorder and Your Health 13. Succeeding at Home and at Work: Communication, Problem-Solving Skills, and Dealing Effectively with Stigma Resources for People with Bipolar Disorder