If you have bipolar disorder, you may experience feelings of mania or high energy, followed by periods of depression and sadness. These unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels can make it extremely difficult to carry out day-to-day tasks-and ultimately reach your goals. Finding balance may be a daily struggle, even if you are on medication or in therapy. So, what else can you do to start feeling better? Mindfulness-the act of present moment awareness-may be the missing puzzle piece in effectively treating your bipolar disorder. In the book, you will learn how to actively work through feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress in order to improve the quality of your life. Written by a prominent psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and mindfulness teacher who draws upon his research experience and personal mindfulness practice as a monk in the Soto Zen tradition, this book will provide you with the tools needed to get your symptoms under control. If you've sought treatment for bipolar disorder but are still struggling with symptoms, mindfulness may be the missing piece to solving the bipolar puzzle and taking back your life. This book will help you get started right away.
"Marchand's caring professionalism comes through in spades in his insightful and compassionately written book, "Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder." With a clear understanding of the science behind both bipolar disorder and mindfulness practice, Marchand honors readers' unique struggles, while encouraging hope for a better future. If you buy one book on bipolar disorder, make it this one."--Erica Marken, Soto Zen Buddhist who serves on the board of directors for Two Arrows Zen Center in Salt Lake City, UT
William R. Marchand, MD, is a board-certified academic psychiatrist and neuroscientist, assistant professor of psychiatry, and adjunct assistant professor of psychology at the University of Utah. He has years of experience treating mood disorders in clinical settings; researching the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders, as well as education of mental health providers and the general public; and using functional neuroimaging methods to investigate the causes of anxiety and affective conditions. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT.