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
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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
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.
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
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
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 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.
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