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Step 1. Get the Big Picture 1. Understand How You Can Control Your Mood Swings 2. Learn about the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder 3. Distinguish Symptoms from the Real You Step 2. See It Coming 4. Recognize and Label Your Moods 5. Identify Triggers and Improve Coping Step 3. Don't Make It Worse 6. Avoid Things That Make You Feel Worse 7. Don't Let Your Emotions Control Your Thoughts 8. Stop Avoidance and Procrastination Step 4. Reduce Your Symptoms 9. Regain Control When You Feel Overwhelmed 10. Change Your Negative Outlook 11. Analyze Your Thoughts 12. Work through Denial about Needing Medication 13. Improve Medication Consistency Step 5. Strengthen Your Coping Skills 14. Effectively Solve Problems 15. Strengthen Stress Management Skills and Healthy Habits 16. Make Better Decisions 17. Maintain Your Gains Resources
Monica Ramirez Basco, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is Associate Director for Science Policy, Planning, and Analysis at the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health. She served as Assistant Director for Neuroscience, Mental Health, and Broadening Participation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2014 to 2015. Dr. Basco is an internationally recognized expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She was formerly on the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington, where she was awarded the University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.
"For those on the bipolar spectrum--as well as loved ones who want to understand and help--this book is empathic, respectful, empowering, and accessible. Dr. Basco's deep understanding of the illness is evident. The steps in this book can help you strengthen your commitment to treatment, practice essential coping skills, and achieve greater stability."--Cory F. Newman, PhD, ABPP, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania "This workbook provides essential strategies for coping with mood swings and intense emotions. Dr. Basco explains step by step how to manage the mix of depression and mania symptoms that typically goes along with bipolar disorder. A fantastic book and a 'must read.'"--Thilo Deckersbach, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School "Having suffered with bipolar disorder for years, I am grateful for Dr. Basco's well-organized, easy-to-understand guidance on how to live with this illness. The book contains numerous useful exercises that help you organize your thoughts in a logical way. It helps you understand your symptoms and moods and teaches realistic coping strategies so you can get your life back."--Erin B. "Dr. Basco once again hits it out of the park with this clear and concise workbook. This book can have a profound effect on improving the quality of life of anyone with bipolar illness."--Daniel J. Taylor, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of North Texas "A great book has gotten even better. The Workbook is an invaluable aid to managing bipolar disorder and achieving sustained wellness. I highly recommend this lucidly written book to people with bipolar illness and their families and friends."--Madhukar H. Trivedi, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center