As someone who suffers from bipolar II with a lot of depression, rapid cycling, and mixed states, I found that this workbook barely addressed my problems and was so simplistic, basic, and frankly patronizing that the exercises weren't helpful at all. Someone who has been trying meds for 4 years without finding a combination that works yet does not need to be convinced to take them: we are desperate for something that will help and are willing to stick to anything that might. I'd like to think, based on my own experience, that the population of people with bipolar have more common sense than to routinely stop taking meds because they "feel better." Many of us know that this is the equivalent of a diabetic stopping insulin.
I purchased this book hoping to find more coping strategies and ways to spot and manage symptoms before they get too severe, to round out my treatment to not just be dependent on meds (especially given above, that mine aren't really doing the job). However, what I mostly found were anecdotes between parents and teens, or overly simplistic little conversations between hypothetical people with no self awareness and their therapists.
If you have any awareness at all of yourself and your symptoms, this really won't present opportunities for learning anything you don't know. If you largely suffer from severe depression, the exercises are overall not that applicable. And the worst thing about this book is its tone: I can't think of any other way than to describe it as patronizing at best.
If you have any self-respect and self-awareness, this is a waste of money and time. On top of it, I wish that the author (and many other authors out there of books about dealing with bipolar) would not assume that "newly diagnosed" is mutually exclusive with "I have known my symptoms and have been trying to deal with them my entire life." Bipolar often begins early in life, and many of us clearly understand the ways that our minds work against us even if we may not have had a word for it until recently.
Still looking for a good, useful book for those dealing with bipolar who want to make effective changes in our lifestyles and learn more about heading off severe symptoms. I hope that one is published someday.