Author(s): Monica Ramirez Basco
Living with bipolar disorder is a lifelong challenge. Those who struggle with the illness have to learn effective ways to control their mood swings, avoid relapse, and get the most from medication-based treatments. This workbook delivers a hands-on resource that gives sufferers the edge they need.
Based on proven cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, the book offers a variety of tools that enable readers to recognize the early warning signs of an oncoming episode, develop plans for withstanding the seductive pull of manic episodes, and escape the paralysis of depression. Specific chapters address key challenges at various stages, from overcoming denial of the initial diagnosis to fine-tuning treatments and maintaining gains.
"The Workbook is filled with excellent and easy-to-use forms that will be helpful in recognizing mood shifts, developing a plan of action, challenging unrealistically positive and negative thinking, and reducing the risk of acting out. People with bipolar disorder will find this to be a daily reminder of how much they can effectively help themselves live happier and more productive lives." - Robert L. Leahy, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, USA
"A practical, bottom line tool....The structure and focus that counselors struggle to impart to persons with bipolar disorder is effectively presented in this client-friendly workbook....The best part, in my view as a therapist, is the overall tone of the book, which is positive, encouraging, and empowering."--The Masters' Advocate
"This book will be extremely useful to patients and professionals....This is an excellent example of putting helpful, evidence-based tools and information in the hands of people (and, to a lesser extent, their family) who are experiencing a baffling disorder."--APA PsycCRITIQUES
"This is, undoubtedly, one of the best workbooks on bipolar disorder in a long time. It is thorough, realistic, and should be given to all bipolar patients as part of their treatment plan. Highly recommended. Five stars."--Doody's Review Service
"The book's greatest contribution is a set of chart templates that readers can use to track their behavior while in certain moods or circumstances."--BP Magazine
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 and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition. She has authored numerous magazine articles and has appeared on national television programs, including The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Test Your Knowledge of Bipolar Disorder. Taking Control of Your Illness. See It Coming. Facts about Bipolar Disorder. Charting Your Personal History. Developing an Early Warning System. Take Precautions. Making Yourself Less Vulnerable. Getting the Most out of Medication. Overcoming the Big "D". Reduce Your Symptoms. Recognizing and Catching Your Thinking Errors. Controlling Emotional Thoughts. Reversing Mental Meltdown. Check Your Progress. Working the Program. Resources.