Book Review |The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know (2nd Edition) by David Miklowitz

A little behind the reason I listened to this audiobook is that I recently have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, but have been struggling with it for years. “The Bipolar Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know” by David Miklowitz, the 2nd edition, has been so helpful to me and I’m sure it will be for you regardless if you’re the patient or not.

Why I Love It

I have to say this is the ultimate guide to all things Bipolar. I highly recommend you reading the physical book or listening to the audiobook like I did. It sets up what Bipolar is, its symptoms, medications, how to function, how to react to situations and more! I couldn’t have listened to a better book in this transition to stabilization.


One of the other things I really l enjoyed about this book is that it had realistic examples and testimonies throughout. It built rapport without trying too hard and just made me feel like I could trust the doctor who wrote it. I found myself throughout the book thinking I relate to these stories and symptoms.

The people said similar things that most families and patients dealing with the disorder say. I personally have said and heard my family members tell me the same exact things in a variety of ways.

Real Guide

Just like the name suggests, I truly believe it stands true to being a survival guide. It gives you ideas that you may not have thought of and logical reasons to back up what he is saying. I have already started implementing some of the tips such as keeping a mood diary and exercising as often as possible.

Not only is it cool to get an accurate depiction of any mood swings I may be experiencing, but it is also good to have useful tools that fit into my everyday life without causing too much of a disruption. It also is very detailed about the different treatment options and medications. It goes into what they do, the side effects, and real concerns like what to do if I want to have kids.

I’m telling you this book is money well spent, and I will listen to it over again just in case I need to reference anything later on that I don’t need right at this minute.

Verdict: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★