1st Edition

Living Well with Bipolar Disorder Practical Strategies for Improving Your Daily Life

By David J. Miklowitz Copyright 2024

    People with bipolar disorder (BD) face loads of everyday challenges as they work to build the full lives they want. No one is better suited to provide empowering, practical problem-solving help than leading clinician-researcher and bipolar expert David J. Miklowitz. In Living Well with Bipolar Disorder, Dr. Miklowitz focuses on just that--living well. Readers get tips and tools for maintaining healthy, supportive relationships (without giving up independence), optimizing work and school performance, dealing with anxiety and irritability, troubleshooting medication issues, getting enough sleep, and managing drug and alcohol use. Short, clearly formatted chapters offer keys to effective self-care that readers can turn to whenever they need. Featuring practical tools that can be downloaded and printed, this quick-reference guide is an ideal companion to Dr. Miklowitz's bestselling Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, which takes a deeper dive into the science of BD and its treatment.

    Introduction: Getting to Know Yourself through Mood Charting
    I. Psychological Challenges: Being Your Own Ally
    1. Depression: Prevention and Coping Strategies
    2. Mania: Minimizing Severity and Reducing Frequency
    3. Coping with Anxiety and Worry
    4. Dealing with Irritability and Anger
    5. Protecting Yourself from Suicidality and Self-Harm
    II. Domains of Life: Managing Daily Routines and Stress
    6. Strategies for Healthy Sleep
    7. Effective Communication with Family Members
    8. Thriving with a Partner: Dating, Sex, and Long-Term Relationships
    9. Making the Best Use of Your Skills at Work and School
    10. Staying Healthy: Physical Activity
    11. Staying Healthy: Eating and Nutrition
    12. Managing Substance Use
    III. Your Treatments: Making the Most of Medications and Therapy
    13. Taking Charge of Your Medications
    14. Psychosocial Treatment: Living Well while Maintaining Mood Stability


    David J. Miklowitz, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He is author of The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide and Living Well with Bipolar Disorder, for general readers, and several award-winning books for professionals, including Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach. Dr. Miklowitz has published over 300 scientific articles and 70 book chapters. He has won Distinguished Investigator awards from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Miklowitz is one of the few psychologists to have received the Award for Research in Mood Disorders from the American College of Psychiatrists.

    "It is amazing how Dr. Miklowitz takes complex scientific information and boils it down to an accessible guide on how to live with bipolar disorder gracefully. Every conceivable practical aspect of life is covered, from anxiety to sex, from suicidal thoughts to dealing with bosses and coworkers, from combatting insomnia to managing anger and irritability. An incredible resource!"--Michael J. Gitlin, MD, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA Health

    “Bipolar disorder can make you feel as if you’ve lost control of your life. With practical, easy-to-implement wisdom, Dr. Miklowitz shows how to regain a sense of control over this sometimes frustrating, often baffling illness. His insights are invaluable for anyone who has a bipolar diagnosis, or who cares about someone who does. It’s rare to find so much clinical expertise combined with such genuine compassion.”--Terri Cheney, author of Manic: A Memoir

    "This is an excellent book--a very practical guide to living with bipolar disorder. Dr. Miklowitz, an acclaimed authority in the treatment of mood disorders, provides clear and valuable suggestions for how to navigate a seemingly unnavigable condition."--Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, author of An Unquiet Mind-