In celebration of May – Mental Health Month — the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) launched the publication of its book, “Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder.” The book is geared to both the person with bipolar disorder and their caregivers. Fourteen chapters, each written by an expert in the field, are included in a 3-ring binder. In keeping with the mission, IBPF will provide the book free of charge.
The Consumer Advisory Board for IBPF felt it was important for people to have an easily accessible “compendium” of information. The binder format allows users to add handouts from their mental health providers and update chapters without having to order a new book.
Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder is broken into three sections:
including chapters on children and adolescents, suicide, substance abuse, medication treatment, stigma and pregnancy.
includes chapters on family life and relationships, nutrition, spirituality and faith, the workplace, college, social interactions and the caregiver
including Medication Charts (English & Spanish), Medication Side Effect Checklist, Mood Chart, Exercise Journal, Food Log, Doctor Contact Sheet, Questions to Ask Your Doctor, and U.S. and International Mental Health Resources.
In addition to these information-rich chapters, the book has country-specific chapters written by consumers and professionals from countries around the world. There are currently eight such chapters with more being added weekly.
The foundation’s mission is to eliminate Bipolar Disorder through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support services for all affected; and to erase associated stigma through public education.
For additional information about IBPF and the book, contact: Ashley Reitzin, program manager, International Bipolar Foundation, 858-764-2496, www.internationalbipolarfoundation.org