Bipolar disorder workbook educates

By A Contributor

It scares and confuses family members, friends and co-workers. Documentaries elaborate on the seriousness of it. Scientists and psychiatrists are fascinated and puzzled by it.  It is not the same as occasionally feeling down in the dumps or having one of those bad days.

Everyone experiences a bad or sad day at some stage in their life.

However, life is quite different for those who suffer from bipolar disorder.

Sudden mood swings, feeling worthless or suicidal, sleeping too much or too little, extreme diet changes, excessive jubilation, an overly pessimistic attitude and not being able to function during the day are only several symptoms endured by those who are bipolar.

Through the years, there have been many misconceptions about mental illness and the two types of bipolar disorder, bipolar I (BPI), and bipolar II (BPII).

“The Bipolar II Disorder Workbook: Managing Recurring Depression, Hypomania & Anxiety” is definitely a must-have for patients, loved ones, medical specialists, psychologists and social workers. From specialists in brain structure and activity, neuroscientists and behavioralists, to clinical psychologists and therapists, readers will gain mountaintops of information.

This book is mainly geared toward understanding what it means to be a victim of BPII, how it develops in some people, what makes it standout from type I and how it can be managed and treated.

A group of experts collaborated on the subject: Stephanie McMurrich Roberts is a former psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Louisa Grandin Sylvia is a skilled cognitive-behavioral therapist who develops psycho-social interventions for bipolar disorder.

Noreen A. Reilly-Harrington is an internationally-recognized expert on cognitive-behavioral treatment of bipolar disorder and has also co-authored several books and scientific articles on bipolar disorder.

The foreword writer, David J. Miklowitz, is a senior research fellow in the department of psychiatry at Oxford University, and has written articles and books on the subjects of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, most notably “The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide.”

Despite the academic nature of this book, the authors are concise and clear on the many levels and degrees of mental illness, and thus their audience and their “students” can follow the written text, worksheets and other materials without too much strain or difficulty.

People who do not understand what it is like to be clinically depressed, bipolar or schizophrenic often fear the behavioral issues that are linked with mental illness.

However, keep in mind that not all mentally ill people suddenly turn gangster, picking up a handgun or knife and attacking.

This is only one misconception some people might have if they do not understand mental illness and how it affects certain individuals.

I believe most people will benefit from this workbook.

I especially thought highly of the energizing, breathing and visual exercises in this book.

Though a complete cure is yet to be discovered, bipolar disorder, like other kinds of mental illness, can be treated.

Medication helps some, but one of the best treatments is a combination of psychotherapy and medication. It’s a big step for someone with a mental illness to seek help.

It is not a sign of weakness to reach out to someone and ask for help. Many mentally ill people are intelligent, sensitive and more brave than they could ever have imagined.

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