Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder: How Mindfulness and Neuroscience Can Help You Manage Your Bipolar Symptoms
William R. Marchand MD
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In Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder, psychiatrist and neuroscientist William R. Marchand provides an innovative, breakthrough program based in neuroscience and mindfulness practices to help you find relief from your bipolar symptoms.
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.
depression or make it worse. Again, the way out of these autopilot thinking patterns is to move into a mental state of mindful awareness, which will permit you to 62 Mindfulness and Self-Compassion get some distance from your autopilot thoughts so that they become much less powerful and less apt to cause depression. Rather than be swept away by the rapid stream of your thoughts, you will be able to watch them as they flow by. Chapter 5 introduces a short meditation, the mindful minute, to
had worked or not. This would lead to thinking about past episodes of depression and how long they had lasted. Then he might start worrying about how long the depression would last this time. 89 Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder And so on. John realized that he got stuck in these same autopilot thinking ruts, time after time. He also discovered that his thinking never led to his taking any action. Rather, it only led to more thinking. Most importantly, he discovered that the more that he
important not to judge what’s going on but to let your thoughts just be. How did anxiety manifest in your mind and body? What did you learn? When Amy did this meditation, she discovered that her muscles became tight and that she started breathing more quickly. She also noticed a heavy feeling in her chest. These physical sensations of anxiety usually dissipated quickly. Amy was surprised to find out that if she invited the feared situation to be present, it actually tended to wither away. It was
a first date, but if it went well, then he would be reluctant to get together again. By watching his thoughts, Tom began to see that he would always find a problem with the other person. Tom had been aware of this kind of thinking before practicing mindfulness, but his 117 Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder perspective changed as his practice deepened. He started to see his thinking as being autopilot based and frequently illogical. Tom realized that anyone he dated would have some traits and
in the future. This is tied to the misconception that joy is something you can get from somewhere. We all have ideas that I’ll be happy when I graduate or when I retire or when my depression is better…you get the picture. The problem is that we can’t inhabit the future. We can inhabit only the present moment. The only place happiness and joy can ever be found is right now. Finding Beauty in the Moment By being fully present with each moment, you can discover that you have been missing much of