The Wellness Workbook for Bipolar Disorder
Your Guide to Getting Healthy and Improving Your Mood
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
Studies show there is a clear link between bipolar disorder and obesity-related illnesses. In this workbook, a leading Harvard Medical School researcher and bipolar expert presents a step-by-step, evidence-based behavioral lifestyle program to help people with bipolar disorder live healthy lives, regulate moods, and lose weight.
If you have bipolar disorder, you already know about the emotional ups and downs that can accompany this disorder. But you may not know that people with bipolar disorder are far more likely to die from obesity-related illnesses as a result of poor nutrition and poor lifestyle choices.
For the first time ever, this comprehensive workbook offers the proven-effective, Harvard-researched diet and lifestyle program made popular in the best-selling book Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, to help you manage your moods, lose weight, and thrive.
When you are experiencing a manic or depressive episode, making healthy lifestyle choices is probably the last thing on your mind. That’s why The Wellness Workbook for Bipolar Disorder offers guidance to help you implement healthy changes into your daily life—one step at a time.
“A must-read! Louisa Grandin Sylvia’s wellness plan addresses the key ingredients essential to creating a healthy lifestyle.”
—Muffy Walker, MSN, MBA, cofounder and chairman of the International Bipolar Foundation
“When dealing with depression and other mood-related issues, we who have mood disorder diagnoses can become laser-focused on deficits or ‘fixing’ what’s ‘wrong.’ While symptom reduction and elimination are naturally goals of most people’s treatment plans, these can—and I’d say must—be joined with concurrent creation of wellness practices. Louisa Grandin Sylvia’s book is an empowering road map for those of us who want to shift our focus from solely reaction to symptoms to proactive creation of resiliency-enhancing diet, exercise, sleep, and other wellness-related choices.”
—Allen Doederlein, president of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
“There is no easy solution to creating a healthier lifestyle, especially if you have bipolar disorder, but this book can help. It offers user-friendly tools to increase your motivation to make the necessary lifestyle changes that you need to improve your mental and physical health. Anyone living with mood disturbance could benefit from reading this book.”
—Lauren B. Alloy, PhD, professor at Joseph Wolpe Distinguished Faculty and director of clinical training at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA
“Louisa Grandin Sylvia has assembled an extraordinary resource that succinctly and comprehensively brings together empirically supported science and recommendations to preserve and regain health. I would strongly recommend that this book, written in an accessible manner, be on the reading list of any individual who strives for optimal physical and mental health.”
—Roger S. McIntyre, MD, FRCPC, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto, and head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at the University Health Network
“We have only recently understood that lifestyle factors including smoking, physical inactivity, and poor diet contribute to a person’s risk of developing mood problems. We now know that addressing these factors reduces symptoms in people who have mood problems. What’s missing is a practical synthesis of this information to guide people who have mood problems on how to target these factors to improve their physical and mental health. This book by Louisa Grandin Sylvia, an acknowledged expert in lifestyle and mood disorders, is an invaluable aid for those wishing to take control of their lifestyles and improve their mood.”
—Michael Berk, MD, NHMRC, senior principal research fellow and Alfred Deakin Professor of Psychiatry at the Deakin University School of Medicine
“Despite decades of research, there is no silver bullet that will quickly end bipolar disorder. The best way for someone with bipolar disorder to reclaim their life is by crafting a health-promoting lifestyle. The research on the effects of sleep, diet, and exercise are each compelling. This book brings the pieces together into an integrated approach that is clearly explained, with examples based on stories of people who have succeeded, and based on ongoing research. Experts advocate a lifestyle approach for ‘heart health.’ Louisa Grandin Sylvia provides a plan for ‘brain health.’ The strategies will complement other treatments by focusing on quality of life, energy, and functioning, not just reducing the symptoms and stress associated with bipolar disorder. This book is a leading example of the next-generation approach to mood disorders, recognizing the connection between body and mind and using that to help the whole person.”
—Eric Youngstrom, PhD, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“In this important book, Louisa Grandin Sylvia provides readers with a step-by-step approach for improving diet, exercise, and sleep—all habits that can have powerful effects on mood and health. Readers will find this book rich in information and clinical examples, with crucial attention devoted to the barriers and bad habits that can derail wellness goals.”
—Michael W. Otto, PhD, professor of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University and author of Exercise for Mood and Anxiety Disorders