ForewordOn balance: Conjuring the metaphor1 Triumphs and tumbles: Ups and downs of bipolar disorder2 Dazzling and daredevil: The spiral of mood elevation3 Sparkling in the spotlight: Creativity and bipolar disorder4 Damage control: The fallout from a bipolar high5 Down to the wire: Responses to diagnosis6 Perfecting balance: Acting on early warning signs7 The show must go no: Acceptance of bipolar disorder8 Handling the songs Medication and mood balance9 Performance and partnerships : Professionals and risk management10 The acrobats' pyramid: Family and friends in formation11 Becoming a ring master: The discipline of self-management12 Practising the art: Bipolar disorder and the getting of wisdomAppendix 1Perfecting the routine: More bipolar control techniquesAppendix 2 The safety net: A wellbeing planReferences
Kerrie Eyers is a psychologist, teacher and editor with many years experience in mental health. She is the Publications Consultant at the Black Dog Institute, Sydney and is editor of Tracking the Black Dog . Gordon Parker AO is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales and Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute. He is a renowned researcher with over 30 years experience with mood disorders, and is author of Dealing with Depression: A common sense guide to mood disorders . Kerrie Eyers and Gordon Parker are co-editors with Tessa Wigney of Journeys with the Black Dog: Inspirational stories of bringing depression to heel .'