Living With Bipolar

A guide to understanding and managing the disorder

Lesley Berk Michael Berk David Castle Sue Lauder
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A practical and authoritative guide to bipolar disorder: its causes, current treatments and strategies for managing the illness and living well.

Living with Bipolar provides essential and practical information for people with bipolar disorder, their families and friends.

Two leading research psychiatrists and two psychologists, all with many years of experience in mood disorders, explain that this challenging illness can be managed. While there is no cure, it's possible for people with bipolar disorder to live well.

Many people seeking help with depression are diagnosed with a form of bipolar disorder, usually Bipolar I or Bipolar II. The authors explain the causes and triggers, both medical and psychological treatment options, and ways of preventing relapses. Drawing on the experience of their patients, they also show how to develop successful personal strategies for identifying and coping with symptoms, and emphasise the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

'A clinically rich, informative and practical synthesis of what is known about how individuals may best bring their bipolar disorder under control.'

Professor Gordon Parker, Executive Director, Black Dog Institute

'A must have companion for those with bipolar disorder and their family members. It contains an excellent description of symptoms, early warning signs, and much more to understand and cope with the disorder effectively.'

Lakshmi N. Yatham MBBS, FRCPC, Professor of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

'Written with passion, warmth and insight, this is a great reference for people living with bipolar disorder and their families.'

Tania Lewis, educator and consultant who has lived with bipolar disorder for over 20 years

Author bio:

Lesley Berk MA (Clin Psych) is a psychologist with extensive experience in the clinical management of bipolar and other mood disorders. She has also been involved in psychosocial research in bipolar disorder and has contributed to scientific journals and presented at conferences in this area.

Michael Berk MBBCh, MMed (Psych), FF(Psych), FRANZCP, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry at Barwon Health and The Geelong Clinic at The University of Melbourne, and heads the Bipolar program at Orygen Research Centre. He is President of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders.

David Castle MB ChB, MSc., MD, DLSHTM, MRCPsych, FRANZCP is Professor of Psychiatry, St Vincent's Health and The University of Melbourne. He has published widely in scientific journals and co-authored 13 books.

Sue Lauder MA (Clin Psych) is a psychologist with a nursing background and has worked in private practice and in a variety of clinical research settings as well as teaching in undergraduate psychology p

Category: Self-help & practical
ISBN: 9781741754254
Table Of Contents: Acknowledgments

List of tables and figures


1 What is bipolar disorder?

2 Bipolar depression

3 Mania and hypomania

4 Adapting to bipolar disorder

5 Causes and triggers

6 Medication as a personal strategy

7 Getting to know your medications

8 Psychotherapy

9 Managing your triggers

10 Catching symptoms early

11 Support and activity strategies when becoming depressed

12 Helpful thinking strategies to reduce depression

13 Reducing suicide risk

14 Managing warning symptoms of hypomania or mania

15 Preventing damage and boosting your coping skills

16 Monitoring your bipolar disorder

17 Planning to prevent or reduce relapse

18 Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

19 Maintaining close relationships

20 You and your doctor

21 Someone I care about has bipolar disorder



Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: March 2008
Page Extent: 312
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Popular psychology