So, you’ve just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. The first thing I want to tell you is that the world is not over!

Life does continue. Even though you are probably looking through this booklet while in a psychiatrist’s office or a hospital room, life does go on - and happily, I might add! The fact that you have this disorder is simply another challenge to deal with, and should be regarded as such. Of course, being bipolar is a special challenge. It’s not like studying for a test or performing well in a sporting event. It comes with a whole new group of emotions and situations. What this booklet will do is help you get through the next few months of your life. Even though you may only read these pages once, feel free to refer back to certain passages or to earmark pages that you find especially helpful. You may need them again in the future.