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Mastering Bipolar Disorder

A great insight from a sufferer's perspective I hope people draw strength from reading how others deal with this condition. You can see that it is a constant battle living with bipolar, but with the right help and self-management the disorder can be controlled.' Andrew Johns, former Australian Rugby League captain This book takes you inside the experience of learning to tame bipolar disorder. It and offers a message of hope. It is essential reading, not only for health professionals and people with bipolar disorder, but also for those of us who love someone living with this misunderstood condition.' Julie McCrossin, journalist and broadcaster Mastering Bipolar Disorder gathers personal stories from the real experts: people with bipolar disorder. They share inspiring and sometimes amusing accounts of their experiences of bipolar episodes, and wise advice on ways of managing the highs and lows on a daily basis. They cover all aspects of bipolar disorder, from first symptoms and diagnosis, to times when the disorder is more or less under control. They emphasise the importance of personal strategies such as exercise and support networks alongside medication and professional assistance. With tips from clinicians and the latest research, Mastering Bipolar Disorder offers tested and proven solutions to help everyone with bipolar disorder and their families experience a better quality of life.
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Table of Contents

Foreword On balance: Conjuring the metaphor 1 Triumphs and tumbles: Ups and downs of bipolar disorder 2 Dazzling and daredevil: The spiral of mood elevation 3 Sparkling in the spotlight: Creativity and bipolar disorder 4 Damage control: The fallout from a bipolar high 5 Down to the wire: Responses to diagnosis 6 Perfecting balance: Acting on early warning signs 7 The show must go no: Acceptance of bipolar disorder 8 Handling the songs Medication and mood balance 9 Performance and partnerships : Professionals and risk management 10 The acrobats' pyramid: Family and friends in formation 11 Becoming a ring master: The discipline of self-management 12 Practising the art: Bipolar disorder and the getting of wisdom Appendix 1 Perfecting the routine: More bipolar control techniques Appendix 2 The safety net: A wellbeing plan References

About the Author

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 .'

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