Table of Contents
Initial Feelings – Being in the Hospital – Getting Out of the Hospital – Going to Therapy – Taking Medication – Working With Your Support System – Having Fun – Getting Back to Work/School – Progressing With Life – Relapses – Sleep – How to Explain Being Bipolar – Helping Others – The Miracle of Faith – The Bipolar Disorder Manual Hospital Edition – Your Episode – Emergency Room – Getting Evaluated – Ambulance Ride – Quiet Room – Roommates – Meeting Time – Leisure Time – Sessions With Your Psychiatrist – Attending Counselors – Field Trips – Game Time – Visitor Time – Making Friends – Your Meds – Getting Discharged – The End – Appendix – About the Author
So, you’ve just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. The first thing I want to tell you is that the world is not over! Life does continue. Even though you are probably looking through this booklet while in a psychiatrist’s office or a hospital room, life does go on – and happily, I might add! The fact that you have this disorder is simply another challenge to deal with, and should be regarded as such. Of course, being bipolar is a special challenge. It’s not like studying for a test or performing well in a sporting event. It comes with a whole new group of emotions and situations. What this booklet will do is help you get through the next few months of your life.