I. The Experience and Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder1. How This Book Can Help You Survive-and Thrive2. Understanding the Experience of Bipolar Disorder 3. Into the Doctor's Court: Getting an Accurate Diagnosis 4. "Is It an Illness or Is It Me?": Coping with the Diagnosis II. Laying the Foundation for Effective Treatment5. Where Bipolar Disorder Comes From: Genetics, Biology, and Stress 6. What Medication and Psychotherapy Can Do for You7. Coming to Terms with Your MedicationsIII. Practical Strategies for Staying Well 8. Tips to Help You Manage Moods and Improve Your Daily Life9. Heading Off the Escalation of Mania10. Halting the Spiral of Depression 11. Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings 12. For Women Only: What You Need to Know about Bipolar Disorder and Your Health 13. Succeeding at Home and at Work: Communication, Problem-Solving Skills, and Dealing Effectively with Stigma Resources for People with Bipolar Disorder
David J. Miklowitz, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The author of over 80 journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Miklowitz is the coauthor (with Michael G. Goldstein) of Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach, which won the 1998 Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.
"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 R. Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind "The author's expertise, compassion, and experience are evident throughout...Well worth reading and remembering." - NAMI Advocate "Recommended for patient education libraries and medium and large public libraries." - Library Journal "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., Colorado, USA