Even if you've just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it's likely that you've been living with it for a long time. You've probably already developed your own ways of coping with recurring depression, the consequences of manic episodes, and the constant, uncomfortable feeling that you're at the mercy of your emotions. Some of these methods may work; others might do more harm than good. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder will help you integrate your coping skills with a new and effective dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) plan for living well with bipolar disorder.
The four DBT skills you'll learn in this workbook-mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness-will help you manage your emotional ups and downs and minimize the frequency and intensity of depressive and manic episodes. By using this book in conjunction with medication and professional care, you'll soon experience relief from your bipolar symptoms and come to enjoy the calm and confident feeling of being in control.
Learn mindfulness and acceptance skillsCope with depressive and manic episodes in healthy waysManage difficult emotions and impulsive urgesMaintain relationships with friends and family members
Sheri Van Dijk is a psychotherapist, with a Master's Degree in Social Work; she has been working in the field of mental health since 2001. Sheri has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness Practice, and she writes about skills to help people with mental health problems lead more fulfilling lives; and her fifth book, "DBT Made Simple," focuses on teaching clinicians how to use DBT in their own practice to help people manage their emotions more effectively. Sheri's next book, Relationship Skills 101 for Teens, will help teenagers be more effective in the relationships in their lives, and will be released at the beginning of 2015. She is currently working on her next book, Surviving the Emotional Roller Coaster for Teens, which will help youth learn DBT skills to manage their emotions more effectively.