Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a common condition affecting around one in 100 adults. So if you have just been diagnosed, or think you may have bipolar disorder, you are not alone.
The good news is that our understanding of this illness, and ability to treat it, has come on leaps and bounds in recent years. With a combination of the right treatment, taking good care of yourself and receiving help and support from friends and family members, you can live a productive, fulfilling life.
This book explains what happens when you are first diagnosed, what you can expect from health professionals and what you can do for yourself. It will also help those close to you, explaining what they can do for you and where they can get support if they need it.
As with all illnesses, knowledge is power – this book will give you the tools you need to take control of your Bipolar disorder and make the most of your life.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
Getting a Diagnosis
Depression: the Lows
Mania: the Highs
Which Medications Can Help?
How You Can Help Yourself
How You Can Help a Friend or Relative with Bipolar Disorder
Dan Roberts worked as a health writer for over 10 years for newspapers including The Guardian, The Observer, Daily Telegraph and The Independent, as well as national magazines such as Men’s Fitness and Saga magazine and websites including NHS Choices. His areas of expertise include health, wellbeing, relationships, psychology and parenting.
Dan went on to train in counselling, psychotherapy and coaching and now works as a Wellbeing Coach, with private practices in north London and the City. He helps clients with every aspect of their physical and mental wellbeing, but focuses on depression, anxiety and stress. And he has a family history of depression, so has a particular interest in mental health. You can find out more about Dan at www.danroberts.com