Bipolar disorder has seen an expansion of clinical, media and research interest, driven largely by the availability of new treatments. Although there are many quality books on bipolar disorder aimed at consumers, they generally share a theoretical derivation (psychoeducation, cognitive therapy, family therapy), tailored to a general readership. Almost all are written by health professionals. Mastering bipolar disorder differs from the herd because it is an edited collection of extracts from essays submitted to the Black Dog Institute essay competition, tasked with describing “The getting of wisdom — managing the ‘highs’ of bipolar disorder”.
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