Living with Bipolar Disorder: Strategies for Balance and Resilience
From the initial diagnosis through recovery and transformation, this handbook offers positive, real-life solutions and support from one who not only suffers from the condition herself but has experienced it with her mother and her daughter. Her handy guide offers firsthand advice on how to lead a fulfilling life despite having this debilitating mental-health condition. In a practical, candid tone, the book focuses on addressing personal questions that arise following a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Among the topics considered are the basics of functioning, living, and dealing with people on an everyday basis, how to negotiate treatment, handle family and friends, maintain a positive image, and make a living.
Lynn Hodges is a bipolar disorder survivor. She conducts recovery classes for her local county council and counsels mental-health-care workers and patients on how best to navigate the day-to-day realities associated with the disorder and receive assistance through government programs.
Chapter One - Bipolar Disorder Chapter Two - Personal Journey into a Psychiatric Ward Chapter Three - Family and Friends Chapter Four - Positive Image Chapter Five Medication - Is it necessary? Chapter Six- Disabling Aspects of Bipolar Disorder Chapter Seven - Enabling aspects of Bipolar Disorder Chapter Eight - The Recovery Process Chapter Nine Networking with Health Professionals Chapter Ten - Transformation Useful contact information.