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If thinking about Suicide please read first

If thinking about Suicide please read first
If  you are feeling suicidal now, please stop long enough to read this. It  will only take about five minutes. I do not want to talk you out of your  bad feelings. I am not a therapist or other mental health professional –  only someone who knows what it is like to be in pain.

I don’t know who you are, or why you are reading this page. I only  know that for the moment, you’re reading it, and that is good. I can  assume that you are here because you are troubled and considering ending  your life. If it were possible, I would prefer to be there with you at  this moment, to sit with you and talk, face to face and heart to heart.  But since that is not possible, we will have to make do with this.

I have known a lot of people who have wanted to kill themselves, so I  have some small idea of what you might be feeling.  I know that you  might not be up to reading a long book, so I am going to keep this  short.  While we are together here for the next five minutes, I have  five simple, practical things I would like to share with you. I won’t  argue with you about whether you should kill yourself. But I assume that  if you are thinking about it, you feel pretty bad.

Well, you’re still reading, and that’s very good. I’d like to ask you  to stay with me for the rest of this page.  I hope it means that you’re  at least a tiny bit unsure, somewhere deep inside, about  whether or not you really will end your life. Often people feel that,  even in the deepest darkness of despair. Being unsure about dying is  okay and normal. The fact that you are still alive at this minute means  you are still a little bit unsure. It means that even while you want to  die, at the same time some part of you still wants to live.  So let’s  hang on to that, and keep going for a few more minutes.
Start by considering this statement:
Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain.
That’s all it’s about. You are not a bad person, or crazy, or weak,  or flawed, because you feel suicidal. It doesn’t even mean that you  really want to die – it only means that you have more pain than  you can cope with right now. If I start piling weights on your  shoulders, you will eventually collapse if I add enough weights… no  matter how much you want to remain standing. Willpower has nothing to do  with it. Of course you would cheer yourself up, if you could.
Don’t accept it if someone tells you, “That’s not enough to be  suicidal about.” There are many kinds of pain that may lead to suicide.  Whether or not the pain is bearable may differ from person to person.  What might be bearable to someone else, may not be bearable to you. The  point at which the pain becomes unbearable depends on what kinds of  coping resources you have. Individuals vary greatly in their capacity to  withstand pain.

When pain exceeds pain-coping resources, suicidal feelings are the  result. Suicide is neither wrong nor right; it is not a defect of  character; it is morally neutral. It is simply an imbalance of pain  versus coping resources.

You can survive suicidal feelings if you do either of two things: (1)  find a way to reduce your pain, or (2) find a way to increase your  coping resources. Both are possible.
Now I want to tell you five things to think about.
1 You need to hear that people do get through this — even  people who feel as badly as you are feeling now. Statistically, there is  a very good chance that you are going to live. I hope that this  information gives you some sense of hope.

2 Give yourself some distance. Say to yourself, “I will wait 24 hours  before I do anything.” Or a week. Remember that feelings and actions are  two different things – just because you feel like killing yourself, doesn’t mean that you have to actually do it right this minute. Put some distance between your suicidal feelings  and suicidal action. Even if it’s just 24 hours.  You have already done  it for 5 minutes, just by reading this page.  You can do it for another 5  minutes by continuing to read this page. Keep going, and realize that  while you still feel suicidal, you are not, at this moment, acting on  it.  That is very encouraging to me, and I hope it is to you.

3 People often turn to suicide because they are seeking relief from pain. Remember that relief is a feeling. And you have to be alive to feel it. You will not feel the relief you so desperately seek, if you are dead.

4 Some people will react badly to your suicidal feelings,  either because they are frightened, or angry; they may actually increase  your pain instead of helping you, despite their intentions, by saying  or doing thoughtless things. You have to understand that their bad  reactions are about their fears, not about you.
But there are people out there who can be with you in this  horrible time, and will not judge you, or argue with you, or send you to  a hospital, or try to talk you out of how badly you feel. They will  simply care for you. Find one of them. Now. Use your 24 hours, or your  week, and tell someone what’s going on with you. It is okay to ask for  help. Try:

Send an anonymous e-mail to The Samaritans

Call the  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255  (TTY:1-800-799-4TTY)
(In Australia, call Lifeline Australia at telephone:  13 11 14
Teenagers, call Covenant House NineLine, 1-800-999-9999

Look in the front of your phone book for a crisis line

Call a psychotherapist

Carefully choose a friend or a minister or rabbi, someone who is likely to listen
But don’t give yourself the additional burden of trying to deal  with this alone. Just talking about how you got to where you are,  releases an awful lot of the pressure, and it might be just the  additional coping resource you need to regain your balance.

5 Suicidal feelings are, in and of themselves, traumatic. After they  subside, you need to continue caring for yourself. Therapy is a really  good idea. So are the various self-help groups available both in your  community and on the Internet.
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The warning signs of suicide

Suicide is rarely a spur of the moment decision. In the days and hours before people kill themselves, there are usually clues and warning signs.

The strongest and most disturbing signs are verbal – “I can’t go on,” “Nothing matters any more” or even “I’m thinking of ending it all.” Such remarks should always be taken seriously.

Other common warning signs include:
  • Becoming depressed or withdrawn
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Getting affairs in order and giving away valued possessions
  • Showing a marked change in behavior, attitudes or appearance
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Suffering a major loss or life change

The following list gives more examples, all of which can be signs that somebody is contemplating suicide. Of course, in most cases these situations do not lead to suicide. But, generally, the more signs a person displays, the higher the risk of suicide.

  • Family history of suicide or violence
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Death of a close friend or family member
  • Divorce or separation, ending a relationship
  • Failing academic performance, impending exams, exam results
  • Job loss, problems at work
  • Impending legal action
  • Recent imprisonment or upcoming release
  • Crying
  • Fighting
  • Breaking the law
  • Impulsiveness
  • Self-mutilation
  • Writing about death and suicide
  • Previous suicidal behavior
  • Extremes of behavior
  • Changes in behavior
Physical Changes
  • Lack of energy
  • Disturbed sleep patterns – sleeping too much or too little
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • Increase in minor illnesses
  • Change of sexual interest
  • Sudden change in appearance
  • Lack of interest in appearance
Thoughts and Emotions
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Loneliness – lack of support from family and friends
  • Rejection, feeling marginalized
  • Deep sadness or guilt
  • Unable to see beyond a narrow focus
  • Daydreaming
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Helplessness
  • Loss of self-worth

Helping a suicidal friend or relative

Be quiet and listen!

If someone is feeling depressed or suicidal, our first response is to try to help. We offer advice, share our own experiences, try to find solutions.

We’d do better to be quiet and listen. People who feel suicidal don’t want answers or solutions. They want a safe place to express their fears and anxieties, to be themselves.

Listening – really listening – is not easy. We must control the urge to say something – to make a comment, add to a story or offer advice. We need to listen not just to the facts that the person is telling us but to the feelings that lie behind them. We need to understand things from their perspective, not ours.

Here are some points to remember if you are helping a person who feels suicidal.

What do people who feel suicidal want?
  • Someone to listen. Someone who will take time to really listen to them. Someone who won’t judge, or give advice or opinions, but will give their undivided attention.
  • Someone to trust. Someone who will respect them and won’t try to take charge. Someone who will treat everything in complete confidence.
  • Someone to care. Someone who will make themselves available, put the person at ease and speak calmly. Someone who will reassure, accept and believe. Someone who will say, “I care.”
What do people who feel suicidal not want?
  • To be alone. Rejection can make the problem seem ten times worse. Having someone to turn to makes all the difference. Just listen.
  • To be advised. Lectures don’t help. Nor does a suggestion to “cheer up”, or an easy assurance that “everything will be okay.” Don’t analyze, compare, categorize or criticize. Just listen.
  • To be interrogated. Don’t change the subject, don’t pity or patronize. Talking about feelings is difficult. People who feel suicidal don’t want to be rushed or put on the defensive. Just listen.

International Suicide Prevention

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The International Suicide Prevention Wiki (ISP Wiki) is a worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines, online chat, text-lines, and resources. The ISP Wiki is open source to be used by any individual or organization. This directory was created for the PostSecret App and may be used freely in other apps to instantly connect people in need to crisis centers near them.

Special thanks to the Founding Sponsors of the ISP Wiki and to the PostSecret Community, who assembled, edited, and continually update this database.

— Frank Warren, Founder, PostSecret

Click on the link to be taken to the corresponding website

Useful Contact information – United Kingdom


Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927


Depression Alliance

UK’s leading depression charity, with a network of self-help groups.

Tel: 0845 123 2320




CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.


MDF: The Bipolar Organisation

National user led organisation working to enable people with manic depression to take control of their lives. Telephone information on anything to do with the condition including medication. Network of self help groups for people with depression, their relatives and friends. Self management training programme. Employment advice.

Tel: 020 7931 6480 (National Office)

Tel: 01633 244244 (Wales)



Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline)



Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.

Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6pm-11pm)

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Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393



The Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.


Tel: 020 7803 1101 UK

Tel: 0141 572 0125 Glasgow

Tel: 0131 243 3800 Edinburgh

Tel: 01633 264 625 # Newport


Young Minds

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544



Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141



Supporting people to find their own route to recovery from depression.

Tel: 029 2069 2891



Depression UK (D-UK)

A national self-help charity promoting mutual support between individuals affected by depression, through pen/phone friend schemes and newsletters with members’ contributions.




Welsh charity for those with severe mental illnesses.

Tel: 01792 816600



Making Space

Helping those affected by schizophrenia and other forms of serious and enduring forms of mental illness.

Tel: 01925 571680


Women’s Therapy Centre

Provides psychotherapy for women with mental health problems.

General enquiries: 020 7263 7860


Psychotherapy enquiries: 020 7263 6200



Contact a Family

Offers support and advice to parents of children who have a mental or physical disability, and enables families to get in touch with each other.

General enquiries: 020 7608 8700

Helpline: 0808 808 3555

Textphone: 0808 808 3556



Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill

Provides services and support to people in the Jewish community with mental illnesses, and their carers.

Tel: 020 8458 2223



Jewish Mental Health

Helps people in the Jewish community with mental health problems, their carers, and mental health professionals.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Use their website to find accredited cognitive behavioural practitioners.

Tel: 0161 797 4484


British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Lists of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists available.

General Enquiries: 01455 883300


British Association of Psychotherapists

Runs a reduced-fee scheme offering psychotherapy at a considerably lower cost to patients who are able to commit themselves to sessions three times a week for a minimum of two years, and who are assessed as suitable to be treated by psychotherapists in training under supervision.

Tel: 020 8452 9823


Breathing Space Scotland

Free, confidential phone line you can call when you’re feeling down.

Helpline: 0800 838 587



CALL Helpline Wales

Confidential listening and support service for people in Wales.

Tel: 0800 132 737


CAUSE (Carers and Users Support Enterprise)

Northern Ireland charity providing practical and emotional support to relatives and carers of people with mental illness.

Tel: 028 9023 8284




A sanctuary for the suicidal: a place where, during a brief stay, a person will find the support that can alleviate despair and isolation.

Tel: 020 7263 7070


Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health

Provides local support, including housing schemes, home support, advocacy services and information, for those with mental health needs.

Tel: 028 9032 8474


Scottish Association for Mental Health

Campaigns and provides services across Scotland for people with mental health problems, homelessness, addictions and other forms of social exclusion.

Tel: 0141 568 7000



Bipolar Fellowship Scotland

Provides information and self-help groups for people in contact with bipolar disorder.

Tel: 0141 560 2050


Aware Defeat Depression

Information, advice and support groups for those affected by depression throughout Northern Ireland.

Tel: 028 9032 1734

Helpline: 0845 120 2961



Depression Alliance Scotland

A charity based in Scotland working for people with Depression living in Scotland.

Tel: 0845 123 2320



Making Space

Helping those affected by schizophrenia and other forms of serious and enduring forms of mental illness.

Tel: 01925 571680


Support Line

Telephone helpline for children, young adults and adults. Provide emotional support on wide range of issues including support to anyone suffering from mental health. Also details of counsellors and agencies throughout the UK

Tel: 01708 765200


Community Advice and Listening Line

Helpline providing advice, information and emotional support for anyone concerned about their own or another’s mental health

Tel: 0800 132737 (Area served WALES),


Mood Swings

National Helpline and online support providing free and confidential information, advice and support to people with mood disorders, family, friends and health and social care professionals. Also one to one, support groups, workshops at Centre in Manchester.

Tel: 0845 123 6050 (helpline)


Books on Bipolar Disorder – Children & Teens

The following books that are listed are one dealing with Children and Teens

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If your teen has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder–or your child’s moods seem out of control–Dr. David Miklowitz can help. The bestselling author of The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide has tailored his proven treatment approach to meet the specific needs of teens and their families.The Bipolar Teen provides tools you can use to make home life manageable again. You’ll learn to spot the differences between normal teenage behavior and the telltale symptoms of mania and depression. Together with your child’s doctors, you’ll be able to strike a healthy balance between medication and psychotherapy, recognize and respond to the early warning signs of an oncoming episode, and collaborate effectively with school personnel. Like no other resource available, this powerful book delivers practical ways to manage chaos and relieve stress so everyone in your family–including siblings–can find stability, support, and peace of mind.

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Since it first appeared on bookshelves, The Bipolar Child has made an indelible mark on the field of psychiatry and has become the resource that families rely upon. Now, with more than 200,000 copies sold, the first book about early-onset bipolar disorder is completely revised and expanded.
Bipolar disorder—manic depression—was once thought to be rare in children. Now researchers are discovering not only that bipolar disorder can begin early in life, but that it is much more common than ever imagined. Yet the illness is often misdiagnosed and mistreated with medications that can exacerbate the symptoms. Why? Bipolar disorder manifests itself differently in children than in adults, and in children there is an overlap of symptoms with other childhood psychiatric disorders. As a result, these kids may be labeled with any of a number of psychiatric conditions: “ADHD,” “depression,” “oppositional defiant disorder,” “obsessive-compulsive disorder,” or “generalized anxiety disorder.” Too often they are treated with stimulants or antidepressants—medications that can actually worsen the bipolar condition.
Since the publication of its first edition, The Bipolar Child has helped many thousands of families get to the root cause of their children’s behaviors and symptoms and find what they need to know. The Papoloses comprehensively detail the diagnosis, explain how to find good treatment and medications, and advise parents about ways to advocate effectively for their children in school. In this edition, a greatly expanded education chapter describes all the changes in educational law due to the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and offers a multitude of ideas for parents and educators to help the children feel more comfortable in the academic environment. The book also contains crucial information about hospitalization, the importance of neuropsychological testing (with a recommended battery of tests), and the world of insurance. Included in these pages is information on promising new drugs, greater insight into the special concerns of teenagers, and additional sections on the impact of the illness on the family. In addition, an entirely new chapter focuses on major advances taking place in the field of molecular genetics and offers hope that researchers will better understand the illness and develop more targeted and easier-to-tolerate medicines.
The Bipolar Child is rich with the voices of parents, siblings, and the children themselves, opening up the long-closed world of the families struggling with this condition. This book has already proved to be an invaluable resource for parents whose children suffer from mood disorders, as well as for the professionals who treat and educate them, and this new edition is sure to continue to light the way.

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It may be hard to believe your child will ever get better, but kids with bipolar disorder can and do lead healthy, stable lives. In this compassionate and optimistic book, expert clinician and renowned researcher Mani Pavuluri delivers information, advice, and proven strategies that empower you to deal with the challenges of bipolar disorder and help your child get well. Drawing on 20 years of experience with bipolar kids and their families, she provides solidly researched strategies for reducing or eliminating problems with mania, aggression, sleep disturbances, depression, and other issues. You’ll discover practical ways to handle crises at home and in school, work with professionals to find an effective combination of medicine and psychotherapy, and cultivate a supportive community of friends and peers for your child. Dr. Pavuluri also helps you deal with the stress that comes with parenting, so you can maintain your poise, focus on the positive, and be a powerful advocate for your child.

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The Definitive Resource on How to Identify, Treat, and Live with a Bipolar Child
More than three million American children suffer from some form of bipolar disorder, a life-impairing illness that can cause wild mood swings and even episodes of rage. But as a parent, can you tell the difference between a tempermental, moody child and one facing serious mental illness? Where do you turn if your child’s tantrums and meltdowns are wreaking havoc? For families as well as professionals, here is the only book on early- onset bipolar disorder written by pediatric specialists who combine clinical care and research.
Health experts once thought bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, did not exist in children and teens. However, leading experts like Janet Wozniak and Mary Ann McDonnell have shown that the illness may appear even before age six, with many cases either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Now, in the most complete and authoritative guide yet, Janet Wozniak, M.D., and psychiatric nurse Mary Ann McDonnell offer their unmatched expertise along with the latest information on this difficult condition.
Drawing from their professional experience and sharing stories of families in their practices, the authors guide you in how to:
•Navigate the “diagnosis tangle” to ensure accurate identification of the disorder
•Communicate effectively with doctors, teachers, and counselors
•Find allies and choose a treatment team
•Help your family cope
In a rapidly changing field, The Bipolar Disorder clearly explains what researchers know, what they suspect, and where studies now point. From medication to coping strategies, this accessible book offers inspiration, encouragement, and invaluable wisdom for all involved.

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When you have bipolar disorder, it can sometimes seem like mood swings are keeping you from being the person you want to be. You may alternate between feelings of depression and overexcitement even though what you really want is to find a healthy balance between the two. This easy-to-use workbook presents a set of skills you can learn that will help you find that balance, become more independent, and stay focused on the big-picture goals that are most important to you.

The Bipolar Workbook for Teens includes exercises and worksheets that will help you learn skills drawn from a special technique called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT skills can help people with bipolar disorder improve their relationships with friends and family and calm themselves when their emotions get really overwhelming.

Working through this book will help you:

  • Recognize and respond to your emotional triggers
  • Create a crisis plan and find support
  • Get a handle on addictive behavior
  • Maintain friendships and get along with your family

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How does bipolar disorder affect learning? Is there a cure? Is this a fad diagnosis? How do I handle manipulation? How can I prevent relapses? Should I use alternative treatments? How can I parent effectively?

“We are certain that all parents whose children struggle with bipolar disorder will find this book indispensable.”
– Demitri F. Papolos, MD, and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child

Co-written by a doctor and a mother whose children live with bipolar disorder, The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book explains confusing medical lingo and provides straightforward answers to all your pressing questions about treatment, parenting strategies, and everything else.

  • How is childhood bipolar disorder different from an adult onset?
  • What are the earliest symptoms?
  • Why is my child so irritable?
  • How young can these symptoms manifest?
  • Should all family members be evaluated for bipolar disorder?
  • Will my child lead a normal life?

Written in an easy-to-read Q&A format, The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book helps you understand and accept your child and develop a plan for success.

Books on Bipolar Disorder

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Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward reclaiming your life from bipolar disorder. But if you or someone you love is struggling with the frantic highs and crushing lows of this illness, there are still many hurdles to surmount at home, at work, and in daily life. You need current information and practical problem-solving advice you can count on. You’ve come to the right place.

* How can you distinguish between early warning signs of bipolar mood swings and normal ups and downs?

* What medications are available, and what are their side effects?

* What should you do when you find yourself escalating into mania or descending into depression?

* How can you tell your coworkers about your illness without endangering your career?

* If you have a family member with bipolar disorder, how can you provide constructive help and support?

Trusted authority Dr. David J. Miklowitz offers straight talk, true stories, and proven strategies that can help you achieve greater balance and free yourself from out-of-control moods. The updated second edition of this bestselling guide has the latest facts on medications and therapy, an expanded discussion of parenting issues for bipolar adults, and a new chapter, “For Women Only.”

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Mood swings may be a part of your life, but the struggle to control them doesn’t have to dominate it. Together with the right course of medication,The Bipolar Workbook can put you back in control. Dr. Monica Ramirez Basco has assembled a versatile toolkit of proven self-help strategies designed to help you recognize the early warning signs of relapse, resist the seductive pull of manic episodes, and escape the paralysis of depression. Whether you’re new to the diagnosis (and not quite sure it fits) or want to enhance your current treatment, this simple program puts you in charge. Easy-to-follow guidelines and worksheets help you identify problem areas and minimize their impact, including ways to:

*Reduce the recurrence and severity of your symptoms.

*Slow things down and get the sleep you need when mania strikes.

*Keep motivated and avoid procrastination when you’re depressed.

*Fine-tune medical treatments to maximize your gains.

*Rein in emotional reactions.

*Stay focused and achieve your goals.

Since every individual’s experience with bipolar disorder is unique, Dr. Basco encourages you to customize a plan that suits your needs. So take charge and make a better life.

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Bipolar Disorder affects many more people than just the 2.5 million Americans who suffer from the disease. Like depression and other serious illnesses, bipolar disorder also affects spouses, partners, family members, friends and coworkers. And, according to the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, 15% of children diagnosed with ADHD may actually be suffering from early-onset of Bipolar Disorder.

Bipolar Disorder For Dummies reveals some of the causes and consequences of bipolar disorder, let you in on some crisis survival strategies, and describe ways that friends and family members can support loved ones who have the disease. The book includes an overview of the causes and symptoms of bipolar disorder, explains step-by-step how to obtain an accurate diagnosis, discusses the medications available, and tells what you can and can’t do to help someone with the disease. You’ll learn:

  • The different categories and potential causes of bipolar disorder
  • How to select the right mental health specialist
  • Managing employment-related issues brought on because of the disorder
  • How bipolar disorder affects children
  • Advocating for yourself or a loved one
  • Planning ahead for manic and depressive episodes
  • Selecting the best medications for you–including alternative “natural” treatments
  • How to survive an immediate crisis situation
  • Identifying triggers and mapping your moods

Complete with fill-in-the-blanks forms and charts, key web site and email addresses, and first-hand accounts from real people, Bipolar Disorder For Dummies gives you the latest information and self-help strategies you and your loved ones need to help everyone affected feel a whole lot better.

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Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder is a first of its kind book—written specifically for the partner of a person with bipolar disorder. If you have a loved one with bipolar, you know how disruptive and straining this disorder can be to your relationship. You may experience feelings of fear, loss, and anxiety as well as a constant uncertainly about your loved one’s ever-changing moods.

This book is designed to help you overcome the unique challenges of loving someone with bipolar disorder. With the supportive and helpful information, strategies, and real-life examples contained here, you’ll have all the tools you need to create a loving, healthy, and close relationship.

Find out how to:

  • Identify which coping approaches work and which do not
  • Recognize and transform a “bipolar conversation”
  • Use new strategies to help manage episodic crises
  • Survive the financial turbulence manic spending may cause
  • Deal with problematic sexual issues Increase closeness and stability in your relationship

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Has someone close to you been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder? Have you been diagnosed yourself? If so, then this is the book for you. With a helpful question and answer format, this invaluable guide reveals everything about the condition, and shows how to keep it firmly under control. From how to deal with a manic episode to coping with the stigma often associated with mental illness, this guide contains the very latest research surrounding the illness that affects one in fifty of us. Including numerous real-life case studies, helpful character summaries and a full list of support organizations, this accessible blend of advice and insight will inform and empower all those who live with the bewildering turbulence of bipolar disorder.

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Bipolar disorder is not only one of the most difficult mental health issues to treat, but also one of the most stigmatized and misunderstood. For these reasons, a diagnosis of bipolar is a major turning point in a person’s life.Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed helps readers process their diagnosis, decide who to tell, and discover the treatments and lifestyle changes that can help manage their symptoms. This book offers hope and support for the newly diagnosed without overwhelming them with extraneous information. The book covers workplace issues, how to become aware of bipolar triggers, how to find support, working with the treatment team, and dealing with the fear and stigma surrounding the diagnosis. Anyone who has been diagnosed with bipolar will appreciate having this easy-to-use reference at hand to help them understand more about the condition.

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

This book is a part of New Harbinger Publications’ Guides for the Newly Diagnosed series. The series was created to help people who have recently been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Our goal is to offer user-friendly resources that provide answers to common questions readers may have after receiving a diagnosis, as well as evidence-based strategies to help them cope with and manage their condition, so that they can get back to living a more balanced life.

Visit for more books in this series.

The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker
by Herman Le Roux – Co-founder of BSB

We all have something inside us that I like to call the Hurt Locker. It’s a place where we keep all our hurt, pain and sadness. It’s a place that we as people with mental illness so often go to. For some of us it’s a small place, for others it’s a huge overpowering place that consumes us. Sometimes it’s created when we are children and we go and hide there to get away from our parents, from teachers, from siblings, from monsters that hide under the bed. Some of us spend thousands to have other people go into that locker and try to get all the hurt out. Sometimes it works sometimes it does not. Sometimes we take medication to try and dull the content. Sometimes we turn to drugs, we consume alcohol or we turn to inner violence. The hurt locker is often open and people that should be the anchors in our lives go in there freely and cause more hurt. Sometimes the hurt becomes so overpowering that we swallow hundreds of pills or cut our veins. For some the hurt locker is a safe place because it is all they know. Sometimes the hurt locker has prevented you from finishing school, from maintaining a job or a relationship. Sometimes people judge what you keep in there and judge your faith, your beliefs and choices.

Maybe the time has come that the door is closed for good. Maybe it’s time that some of us close and lock the door and refuse entry. Maybe we can put a Ghandalf or a Peter Pan as a guard. Maybe it’s the God you believe in that will turn those away that want to add more hurt to the locker.

The keys to the hurt locker are in your own hands, only you can decide who have access. Maybe it’s time that we choose the friends we will allow in there. Maybe it’s time we shun the warmongers that want to add more hurt with the shame they deserve.