Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Chicken Soup for the Cancer Survivors Soul or Break the Bipolar Cycle

Chicken Soup for the Cancer Survivor's Soul: 100 Healing Stories About Those Who Have Survived Cancer

Author: Jack Canfield

More than 100 cancer survivors share their personal stories in this touching new collection of Chicken Soup. These heartwarming accounts of courageous people who found the power to battle cancer in their endless hope, unwavering faith and steadfast determination will inspire you to adopt a positive attitude, discover your faith and cherish every moment. Just what the doctor ordered for healing your body, mind and soul.

Interesting textbook:

Break the Bipolar Cycle: A Day to Day Guide to Living with Bipolar Disorder

Author: Elizabeth Brondolo

A symptom-specific guide to help you or your loved ones deal with bipolar disorder

People suffering from bipolar disorder may have difficulty differentiating the vicious ups and downs of their bipolar cycle from the stress and strain of everyday life. Written by two specialists and based on the latest research in neurobiology and stress, this is the only guide to identify, isolate, and address these symptoms individually and prescribe appropriate actions for each situation.

This life-changing book shows you how to team with your friends, loved ones, and doctors to formulate an effective plan to battle the disorder. It also contains many exercises to help you manage your symptoms and move forward with your personal goals.

Doody Review Services

Reviewer:Nicholas Greco IV, M.S., BCETS, CATSM(College of Lake County)
Description:This is a powerful, inspiring, and self-motivating book for patients with bipolar spectrum disorders and their family and friends. This is a true guide for how to live with bipolar disorder on a day-to-day basis.
Purpose:The book is designed to give readers the knowledge and expertise to recognize their own symptoms and stressors, to take control of their psychological and pharmacological treatments. Notably, this knowledge allows them to arm themselves with awareness for early intervention, thus promoting less cycling and overall well-being. The empowerment and strength of patients and their families cannot be overstated, and this book succeeds in providing the necessary tools and information for just that purpose.
Audience:Patients, family, friends, and the mental health community will be well served by this book. Interestingly, it could serve as a novel way to illustrate to psychiatry residents and graduate students the complicated nature of the disorder as well as promoting an empathic treatment stance.
Features:The book built on an empathic and realistic stance to enable patients and loved ones to recognize and understand the disorder. There are a number of great chapters covering important topics such as medication compliance, breakthrough symptoms, stress, mood, and relapse. These topics are described in detail in a non-judgmental, open way. The book stresses patient involvement and promotes patients truly being a part of the treatment team.
Assessment:This is stand-out book for patient awareness and empowerment. Itshould be required reading for patients and their families.

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