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  • A Book for Others

    March 17, 2009

    When Ruth White was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the assistant professor of social work searched for a book that was practical and hands-on, but not overloaded with jargon. She came up empty. “There was nothing on the market that fit the bill,” she says.

    So White rectified that. Using the research she did to help manage her own symptoms, White was encouraged by mental health professionals to share what she found in a book. She teamed with psychologist John Preston to write Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide to Identifying Triggers, Managing Medications, Coping with Symptoms, and More.

    Stephen Hinshaw, chair of the UC Berkeley’s psychology department and editor of the Psychological Bulletin, calls Bipolar 101 “the best primer ever written on the topic of bipolar disorder. The book provides a holistic view to mental wellness based on the latest scientific research on bipolar disorder. Its comprehensive view includes tips on sleep, nutrition, exercise, stress management, support systems, medications and more.”

    White also maintains a blog for a lay audience that distills the latest scientific research on bipolar disorder at


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