Author Archives for Jo Leidreiter

The Depression & Bipolar Workbook

September 23, 2021 9:04 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This is the book I wish I had written!!  Chris Aiken is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist whose work focuses on natural and lifestyle approaches to mood disorders.  He is the director of The Mood Treatment Centre and editor in chief of The Carlat Psychiatry report. Here he offers 30 techniques to change the body and the brain in ways that medications can’t – written from a clinical perspective to help patients manage symptoms with cognitive and behavioural strategies. The innovative and drug-free practices in this workbook guide you step-by-step to stabilise mood, improve sleep, find focus, and manage repetitive worries... read more

Brain Changer by Prof Felice Jacka

January 13, 2021 3:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This is a fascinating book, by a leading australian researcher, Prof Felice Jacka, covering one of the most exciting areas of modern nutritional research – how what we eat impacts our gut and brain. The combination of personal stories and cutting edge science is a real winner. A must for those who are interested in the groundbreaking area of NUTRITIONAL PSYCHIATRY. Brain Changer explains how and why we should consider our food as the basis of our mental and brain health throughout our lives. It includes a selection of recipes featuring ingredients beneficial to mental health. It also highlights the... read more

Managing Mood During COVID-19

April 7, 2020 3:53 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Emotional Wellbeing: Tips for Healthy Routines and Rhythms During Unpredictable Times Recommendations from the International Society of Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) Task Force on Chronobiology and Chronotherapy and the Society for Light Treatment and Biologic Rhythms (SLTBR) The COVID-19 pandemic poses a serious health threat to the world population. In response, governments are implementing a variety of new policies including self-quarantine, self-isolation and social distancing. While medically necessary to limit spread, these new social policies can disrupt many of the stabilising factors in our lives which support mental health. One of the most important brain systems contributing... read more

Bp Hope Magazine

May 30, 2019 3:08 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you haven’t already come across it bp Hope Magazine (for bipolar disorder) print and digital magazines are filled with inspirational features and first-person profiles, the latest news and research and educational information for building a healthy lifestyle including: stress reduction, exercise, sleep, treatment, relationships and employment. Its a quarterly magazine published in the US that provides informed, well written and informative articles.  You can subscribe to their weekly blog and newsletter as well. Jump online and have a look now here.

Best Bipolar Blogs for 2019

May 8, 2019 1:27 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you or someone close to you has bipolar disorder, it’s important to know you’re not alone. The creators behind these blogs know what it’s like to live and love with bipolar, and they want you to feel empowered and have that community, too. Whether you’re looking for resources after a diagnosis, actionable tips for managing on a daily basis, or personal stories, you’ll find a space for yourself in these blogs. Bipolar Beat by Psych Central Bipolar Beat is written by Candida Fink, a psychiatrist who specializes in children and adolescents, and by freelance author Joe Kraynak, whose wife lives... read more

Dealing with Family Tensions

May 8, 2019 1:07 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Some people with bipolar disorder comment that the experience of being high has caused damage to their relationships. Apart from being more irritable, part of the nature of being high is to be more expansive in mood, more distractible and more sociable. Some people with bipolar disorder spend large sums of money in a manic state and get into debt. Others, being distractible, may not accomplish tasks at work or at home and may lose their jobs. Contact with people can become more rewarding than usual for some people and they may tend to be flirtatious or possibly have an... read more

May 7, 2019 5:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong challenge—but it doesn’t have to rule your life. Find the science-based information you need in the revised third edition of this indispensable guide. Trusted and renowned Bipolar researcher and authority Dr.David J. Miklowitz shares proven strategies for managing your illness or supporting a loved one. Learn specific steps to cope with mood episodes, reduce recurrences, avoid misdiagnosis, get the most out of treatment, resolve family conflicts, and make lifestyle changes to stay well. Updated throughout, the third edition has a new chapter on kids and teens; the latest facts on medications and therapy, including important... read more

Why You Need to Take a Notebook to Your Next Psychiatry Appointment…

October 23, 2018 11:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Most people I’ve encountered who have bipolar disorder say they want to learn more about the disorder, and many of them are willing to come to therapy to do just that. What most of them don’t realise is there’s a bounty of information available to them at no extra cost . . . they just never use it.  That source of information is your psychiatrist and chances are you’re not using him or her to their fullest abilities. It drives me crazy when I ask people if they ever ask their doctors questions about bipolar disorder and they say “What... read more

Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder

September 23, 2018 9:04 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Mindfulness―the act of present moment awareness―may be the missing puzzle piece in effectively treating your bipolar disorder. In this wonderful book, you will learn how to actively work through feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress in order to improve the quality of your life. Written by a prominent psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and mindfulness teacher who draws upon his research experience and personal mindfulness practice as a monk, this book will provide you with the tools needed to get your symptoms under control. If you’ve sought treatment for bipolar disorder but are still struggling with symptoms, mindfulness may be the missing piece... read more