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The Bipolar II Disorder Workbook

September 23, 2018 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Written by an extremely accomplished team of bipolar experts, The Bipolar II Disorder Workbook is designed to help you manage the recurring depression, hypomania, and anxiety that can arise as a result of your condition. The convenient workbook format combines evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and other mindfulness-based exercises to help you manage your emotions, track your progress, and formulate your own treatment management plan. This is the first self-help workbook available specifically for individuals diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.  Great for those who are newly diagnosed or if you’d like to revise or sharpen your management skills.

The Bipolar Workbook

September 23, 2018 8:50 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Leading expert Dr. Monica Ramirez Basco helps you understand the nature of bipolar illness and recognise the early warning signs of mood swings. Step-by-step exercises (you can download and print additional copies of the forms as needed) give you greater insight into your own triggers, vulnerabilities, and strengths. Dr. Basco guides you to build the particular skills you need to withstand the pull of manic episodes and escape the paralysis of depression. There are clear and helpful chapters on key strategies for managing stress, making healthy decisions, and solving problems. Vivid stories and examples illustrate how to put the techniques... read more

Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder

September 23, 2018 8:42 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder offers information and step-by-step advice for helping your partner manage your mood swings and the impact it can have upon them. It offers clear practical advice and strategies and at the end of each chapter there are discussion points and exercises for you and your partner. I recommend this book to most of my patients to help educate their significant other about their illness.  Most partners really enjoy the reassurance and education they receive from it.

Bipolar, Not So Much

September 23, 2018 7:56 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This important and informative book gives important clues to help better identify the different shades of depressive and bipolar disorders along the spectrum model.  Great for Bipolar II patients.  It guides people towards practical steps for treatment and offers a lot of the latest updated research and treatment paradigms for these patients.  It includes some great chapters with up to date reviews of medications, natural and lifestyle approaches, as well as useful tips for living more effectively with mood problems in relationships and at work.  Many of my patients who sit lower on the Bipolar II spectrum are really finding... read more

The Power of Language with Bipolar Disorder

September 14, 2017 6:26 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Many people that I speak to use a lot of “bad” language when talking about Bipolar Disorder. I don’t mean bad words, just words that cause you to change your thought patterns.. What do I mean? Well, I define bad language in this case as language that actually causes you to alter your thinking in a negative way. For example, someone might say “I suffer from Bipolar Disorder.” Or another person might repeatedly say “I’m Bipolar.” Let’s break just these two statements down. First if you say you suffer from Bipolar Disorder, is that really true? Does it have to... read more

Best New Bipolar Apps for 2017

August 17, 2017 6:26 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Apps can be a wonderful way of helping you manage and track your moods and other health related information. Here is a collection of the best for 2017 that many have found helpful. Bipolar Disorder Connect Bipolar disorder can be isolating, especially if you don’t have anyone close to you that can identify with your struggles. Bipolar Disorder Connect is there to connect people with bipolar disorder no matter where they are. This tool gives you access to a community of people living with the condition. You can ask and answer questions as well as make new friends. The app... read more

New Bipolar Documentary

April 28, 2016 6:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Ride the Tiger: A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain Aired: 2016-03-30 04:00:00 54:24 Rating: NR A one-hour documentary that tells the stories of individuals with bipolar disorder. CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW Synopsis The reality of bipolar disorder is hard to fathom: nearly six million Americans have been diagnosed with the disorder and yet so little is known about how the illness manifests itself in our brains. Coming April 13, 2016 from Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and airing on PBS stations nationwide is Ride the Tiger: A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain, a one-hour documentary that tells the stories of... read more

How Your Body Changes Your Brain: Start Moving Now!

April 27, 2016 6:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

How your body changes your brain By Sarah Berry We can have the sense that an experience changes us, and in his last New York Times best-selling book, Dr Norman Doidge explored how our experiences actually change our brains. The science of neuroplasticity – the understanding that our brains can rewire themselves in response to our experiences and actions – has turned on its head the notion we’ve held for hundreds of years; that the brain is hardwired; a computer that operates from the command centre in our heads controlling our limbs and bodily functions. In his latest book, Doidge... read more

How to Handle Bipolar Hypomania

November 20, 2012 6:22 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Are You Hypomanic? I know it’s tough to admit you’re hypomanic, which is a mood, which is a symptom of bipolar, because many of us enjoy parts of hypomania and we don’t want it to go away, especially considering some of the alternatives. We just want to believe we’re feeling “good.” Really good. Which would be nice. Nevertheless, the first step in dealing with bipolar hypomania is realizing that you’re hypomanic. And, of course, there are various degrees of hypomania – the more hypomanic you are the more worried you probably should become. The more hypomanic you are the more... read more