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Break the Bipolar Cycle: A Day by Day Guide to Living with Bipolar Disorder [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Brondolo , Xavier Amador
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Book Description

Take control of your symptoms--and take charge of your life

If you're dealing with bipolar disorder, you already know that it’s more than a cycle of “ups” and “downs.” You may also have difficulty with depression and irritability, as well as problems with weight gain, memory, and fatigue. Dealing with these day-to-day problems can sometimes seem like too much to bear. Drawing on the latest research in bipolar disorder, stress, and health, this step-by-step guide offers a complete selection of livable, workable solutions to manage bipolar disorder and helps you:

  • Identify your symptoms
  • Explore your treatment options
  • Stabilize your moods
  • Sharpen your mind
  • Achieve your goals

This isn't a one-size-fits-all guide. It's a uniquely personal approach to your bipolar disorder that covers the full spectrum of the disease and its symptoms. You'll be able to find successful ways to regulate your moods, relieve your stress, improve your thought processes, and break the bipolar cycle--for a happier, healthier life.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Brondolo, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in bipolar disorders. She has been practicing in New York City for more than fifteen years. She is a nationally known researcher in stress and health and a professor at St. John's University.

Xavier Amador, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who was on the faculty at Columbia University Medical School for fifteen years. He is a nationally known researcher on bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, the author of I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help, and pastdirector of research at the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2432 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (10 Jan. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0013BJHV8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #396,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy To Read - Easy To Understand 1 Mar. 2011
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Fab book that includes facts, real life situations and sheets that you can copy and work from. I found the book easy to understand and navigate to the correct parts i wanted to understand. Have passed this onto my mum and dad and they too are impressed. Its a shame the NHS dont give leaflets out like this because sometimes recognising the pattern and what can flare your moods up/down is the start of controlling certain parts. All in all a great must have book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read! 13 May 2013
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I am researching bipolar affected disorder & have found this book well written & very informative.
The cases discussed are a real insight into how sufferers & their families are affected by the disorder.
I would recommend it to anyone researching bipolar or touched by the disorder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book I have been waiting for! 21 Sept. 2008
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If you only buy one book on bipolar this should be the book!

I had spent tons of time (and money) looking for a relevant, helpful and intelligent book on bi-polar II. There are countless books focusing on bipolar I, but very few on it's step-sibling bipolar II. There are even more books addressing depression, but none on hypo-mania. Just when I was finally giving up on ever finding a helpful book this one fell into my lap! And I was so excited.

I can't stress how HELPFUL and RELEVENT this book is to anyone with bipolar but especially bipolar II. The first part of the book focuses on educating the reader---about diagnostic techniques, brain chemistry, medication, etc. The second half helps the reader to understand what steps to take next after the diagnosis.

This book gave me great hope and comfort. My hope came in realizing that there would one day be a time when this disorder didn't color my every day and I would just live life. And comfort came in knowing that I was not the only one experiencing these challenges and in the validation that I wasn't making it all up. I recognized myself in so much of this book.

The biggest endorsement I can give this book is that I immediately ordered copies for my parents and closest friends. The books does an incredible job on communicating what life feels like from the patients perspective and I know this information has been invaluable to my family and friends. They have become active partners in ensuring I stay safe and stable and recognize warning signs and problems on there own. And for that I will always be eternally grateful.

This book addresses both bipolar I and II and gives equal time to both. It includes exercises--relevant ones including what to bring to a doctor's visit and how to recognize stress triggers--that even I completed.

I really cannot say enough great things about this book and I encourage all bipolar patients to read it!
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book! Highly Recommended. 7 Feb. 2008
By Ron - Published on
I don't know of any other book on the subject of Bipolar Disorder that is as state-of-the-art, comprehensive and accessable (i.e. readable) as "Break the Bipolar Cycle." What is most striking about this book is how useful and practical it is for everyone involved in the process of living with and/or treating Bipolar Disorder (and perhaps mental illness in general). As someone who is very familiar with Bipolar Disorder, I am impressed with Brondolo and Amador's ability to reach and inform not only the person suffering with the disorder, but his/her family and treatment team as well. Interspersed throughout the book are illuminating clinical examples which make for an interesting and relatable read. Most of all, the book offers a practical and hopeful picture of what it is like to live with this illness and how to take control and make the best life possible for yourself, your loved-ones and your clients. Thank you Drs. Brondolo and Amador for this very important work and for dedicating your lives to helping those in need. "Break the Bipolar Cycle" is a must read for anyone who has been affected by Bipolar Spectrum Disorders.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book! 13 Feb. 2008
By J. Douglas Bremner - Published on
I found this to be one of the best written, clear, and practical books for the lay person on mental health that I have read in a long time. I learned a lot about bipolar disorder even though I am in the mental health field. People who suspect they may be bipolar spectrum even if not frankly bipolar should read this book and get their families to read it too.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Was Looking For!!! 30 Sept. 2008
By P. Hulbert - Published on
After a lifetime of depression and suicidal ideation, on meds since 1994, and a diagnosis of major depression in 2001, I was recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I, Mixed episode, unspecified. Every resource I had found just regurgitated the list of symptoms from the DSMVI-TR, which wasn't any help in understanding why the doctor came up with this diagnosis. This book very quickly and succinctly gave real-life examples of things such as racing thoughts, halluncinations, pressured speech, obsessive thoughts,etc. I thought I understood what all of these were, but I had no idea how they could manifest themselves in real life. It was only after reading this book that I have begun to accept the diagnosis I was given, and can see for myself what symptoms I have been having for years without even knowing it! I recommend this book to anyone who wants something that goes beyond the clinical basics, who wants to know what it's really like to experience these symptoms and how to manage them.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New and helpful information about bipolar disorder 9 Jun. 2008
By Vicki - Published on
In my opinion the authors of this book do an excellent job presenting the latest thoughts behind the symptom complex of bipolar spectrum disorder. I can identify with the symptoms and the explanations helped me understand my illness better. Some of the concepts may be a little technical for someone who is experiencing symptoms like concentration problems or does not have a high school education. Although in general it is easy to read and the exercises are excellent. One draw back is after reading the book, it can be frustrating to interact with health care professionals who do not know this information and are still relying on old thoughts about the disorder. An informed patient can be misunderstood easily.
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