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People with bipolar disorder can go from overly happy and excited at one moment and then suddenly shift to extreme sadness and hopelessness. The intense mood swings happen irregularly and are unpredictable and can last for weeks or months making it very difficult to cope with so that the person’s quality of life, and those of his love one’s, is consequently affected.

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness; therefore it affects the brain’s functions. It manifests itself with a range of symptoms that causes highly unusual shifts in mood, behavior changes and energy levels and creates a huge impact on the person’s ability to carry out everyday tasks.

Bipolar affects millions of adults, teens and children. It is the sixth leading cause of disability worldwide. The disorder lasts a lifetime. If not treated, bipolar tends to worsen over time. With treatment, there will be periods of wellness but the symptoms can come back anytime.

However, bipolar patients and their families can learn to cope with the disease and live fulfilling lives. Recognizing the problem is the first step to getting the illness under control.

This book is a self-help guide to help patients and families to recognize the symptoms of bipolar disorder so that they can get the proper intervention they need to help themselves or their love one. With the right support, they can learn to cope with the disability and lessen the impact of the disease in their lives and quickly restore it to a sense of normalcy and live it fully and productively!

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