The Bipolar Workbook, First Edition Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings

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  • Edition: Workbook
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  • Copyright: 2005-12-21
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press
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Mood swings may be a part of your life, but the struggle to control them doesn’t have to dominate it. Together with the right course of medication, The Bipolar Workbook can put you back in control. Dr. Monica Ramirez Basco has assembled a versatile toolkit of proven self-help strategies designed to help you recognize the early warning signs of relapse, resist the seductive pull of manic episodes, and escape the paralysis of depression. Whether you’re new to the diagnosis (and not quite sure it fits) or want to enhance your current treatment, this simple program puts you in charge. Easy-to-follow guidelines and worksheets help you identify problem areas and minimize their impact, including ways to:


*Reduce the recurrence and severity of your symptoms.

*Slow things down and get the sleep you need when mania strikes.

*Keep motivated and avoid procrastination when you’re depressed.

*Fine-tune medical treatments to maximize your gains.

*Rein in emotional reactions.

*Stay focused and achieve your goals.


Since every individual’s experience with bipolar disorder is unique, Dr. Basco encourages you to customize a plan that suits your needs. So take charge and make a better life.

Author Biography

Monica Ramirez Basco, PhD, is a clinical associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, a therapist in private practice, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She lectures extensively, and has trained physicians and mental health professionals in CBT methods for more than 15 years. With Dr. A. John Rush, Dr. Basco developed the first CBT program for bipolar disorder. Her books include the bestseller Never Good Enough (Free Press, 1999) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition (Guilford, 2005). She has authored numerous magazine articles and has appeared on national television programs, including The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Table of Contents

Test Your Knowledge of Bipolar Disorder vii
Taking Control of Your Illness
Step 1 See It Coming
Facts about Bipolar Disorder
Charting Your Personal History
Developing an Early Warning System
Step 2 Take Precautions
Making Yourself Less Vulnerable
Getting the Most Out of Medication
Overcoming the Big ``D''
Step 3 Reduce Your Symptoms
Recognizing and Catching Your Thinking Errors
Controlling Emotional Thoughts
Reversing Mental Meltdown
Step 4 Check Your Progress
Making Changes for the Better
Resources 243(4)
Index 247(6)
About the Author 253

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