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The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know [Paperback]

David J. Miklowitz PhD
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December 15, 2010 1606235427 978-1606235423 Second Edition

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."


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Editorial Reviews


"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, PhD, author of An Unquiet Mind

"This book has been a faithful friend in the difficult time since my diagnosis. I particularly appreciate the insights into communicating effectively with doctors, family, and friends after an episode. The charts, lists, and practical tools are amazing for those of us who like to be proactive and organized. But the best part of the book is the quotations from others with the disorder who share their experiences and feelings. I've said some of these exact things myself; seeing them here helps me feel just a little bit less isolated and more hopeful."--N.B., Boulder, Colorado

About the Author


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.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; Second Edition edition (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606235427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606235423
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David J. Miklowitz, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado, is a leading international scholar and author in the study of bipolar disorder. He is currently investigating the effectiveness of his Family-Focused Therapy for adolescent bipolar disorder.

Customer Reviews

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136 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best-written, most up-to-date book on this topic January 23, 2011
By HMU123
I've read numerous books on this topic and am especially impressed with this one. Because the second edition is so recent (2011), it contains the latest research and findings, some of which were new to me. Miklowitz is a wonderful writer who manages to both explain concepts thoroughly and well while not sounding condescending. He addresses topics that other books don't, such as what bipolar disorder looks like to family and friends, and how it feels from the inside. He offers a lot of good information about how to head off mania, managing moods, stabilizing one's environment, dealing with meds, getting a proper diagnosis, succeeding at home and work, and concerns specific to women. Especially valuable is the chapter on where bipolar disorder comes from, and some recent research about Ehlers' social rhythm stability hypothesis. Fascinating. The only topic I would have liked him to include was the role of sunlight in BD--this would have been very helpful to a number of people I know who are very light-sensitive. But otherwise, really great information and suggestions, presented exceptionally well. Highly recommended.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for people with bipolar March 11, 2011
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I have bipolar disorder and this is the first book I read on the disease. Even in this day and age of internet and easy access to information I found this book tremendously useful. It provides both a broad picture of the disease and many details that bipolar patients face in their lives. After having read the book, I find it easier to accept my illness and I believe I will be more responsible with my life knowing better what my illness is. Some of the points from the book will also be something I will address when next seeing my doctor. I am sure having read the book and being able to use it as reference will improve my relationship with my psychiatrist and will add to my better quality of life with the disease.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bipolar Survival Guide Review February 5, 2011
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This is a must have for every person or family member of a person with bipolar disorder. Full of comprehensive information and told in layman's language without any 'talking down'. (for instance, I learned that a side effect of one of my medications is curly hair!) Covers both traditional and complimentary therapies.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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This book is fantastic. Dr. Miklowitz tells us how to recognize the warning signs of mania and depression before they become full-blown, how to find the right medication and therapy (which I'm on now), how to prevent mood swings from ruling our lives, and how to stay on track at home and work. The most fascinating sentence in the whole book, if I may quote, which changed my entire life, is this: "Even though bipolar disorder is clearly a disorder of the brain, and its genetic and biological underpinnings are well-documented, it is still treated as a 'mental illness.' Many people still erroneously believe it is erroneously related to your personal choices or morals. As a result, you may feel alienated from others when they find out about your disorder." Hallelujah, Dr. Miklowitz! He has said what I have always felt, and he continues in this logical yet compassionate stance all the way through the book. Above all, you will feel hope. Hope that you can do something to help the seemingly uncontrollale symptoms of your disorder. Run, do not walk, and buy this book!
--Christina Stachura, real nameThe Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source November 17, 2011
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This book is an excellent source. It is very articulate and thorough. I have learned more through the book in the first hundred pages than some people with mentally ill family members have learned in years. You can learn a lot at NAMI meetings too but you have to wonder why everyone there hasn't already read this book. Too many people are entrusting their family member's care to a doctor that only sees each patient briefly and usually doesn't see the patient in their true state . The information about medications and when each type may or may not be prescribed or what symptoms they seem to work best for is invaluable. I have found out more in reading the book than I had learned in months of meetings with my daughter's Kaiser psychiatrists.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for all family members July 27, 2011
By Riptorn
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A 19 year old grandson has been tentatively diagnosed with this disorder, so I purchased three books - one for me, one for the grandson, and one for his parents. i hope they will all read it because it is vital that everyone understands the nature of this disorder in order to successfully cope with and live beyond the difficulties within this condition. I had an older brother who had the disorder and was able to overcome its effects with the proper medications and live a very interesting and productive life. As far as the content of this book, it seems to me as a lay person that it does indeed serve the purpose to educate its readers quite efectively.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Guide April 19, 2011
By Kula
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After reading much material on bipolar disorder, I found this book to be extremely organized and easily readable with many practical exercises on managing this condition. Excellent for patients and family members alike.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful after new diagnosis May 18, 2011
I've read a ton of books and information online since getting my diagnosis a year ago and found this book to be the best source by far. It is clearly written and extremely comprehensive. It helped me figure out what questions to ask my psychiatrist about meds and other treatment options. It also helped with how to talk about the illness with friends and family. If you buy just one book on bipolar disorder, this should be the one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars This book is a fun-house mirror for me.
Having recently been labeled by a new doctor as "soft" bipolar, I purchased this book in hopes of learning more about life on a mood pendulum. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Andrea J L Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Very informative and helpful for both those with the diagnosis as well as their loved ones.
Published 8 days ago by Cahan Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was just diagnosed with Bipolar and this book has been really helpful.
Published 10 days ago by Linda Du Bois
5.0 out of 5 stars resourceful
It was very helpful and super informative. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn about such topics. It was a great book and tool.
Published 12 days ago by Erin Stehli
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Published 13 days ago by J A Pinkerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it....m
From what I have seen right now I am loving it. Not done yet but I am looking forward to the end. It was a good recommendation. I give it 2 thumb up.
Published 14 days ago by Chanel Rulas
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Very satisfied with all my orders.. Thank you.
Published 15 days ago by Paola Luchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener!
This is an eye opener for me. I had no idea how people with this disorder suffer. This definitely is the book to read on this subject if you think you have bipolar or if you live... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Judy Nieman
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, well written, life saving.
I wanted to find a modern, well researched, well written explanation and exploration of bipolar disorder and this book has been extremely useful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dinosaurassassin
5.0 out of 5 stars Bipolar
Very very helpful to understand and finally put an explanation to some of the actions and emotions because of the condition.
Published 1 month ago by Draye
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