Healing Journey

Tips on dealing with symptoms of Bipolar


“Honour the physical temple that houses your body by eating healthfully, exercising, listening to your body’s needs and treating it with dignity and love” Wayne Dyer

One way to manage Mania is not to engage too much with the Ego. I learned about the Ego in Eckhart Tolle’s book A New Earth [1]. “Unless you know the basic mechanics of the ego, it will trick you into identifying with it again and again”.

Other ways of managing the highs and lows of Manic Depression ~

There is an energy that comes from a mild ‘high’ (hypomania) that just needs to be channeled in the right direction. I try to be self-aware of my mood and take corrective action. Even 10 mins of Yoga and some meditation can help ground me.

Recovery and healing usually just doesn’t happen. Time has to be made for it. Changes need to be made in daily and weekly routines. Sacrifices may have to be made to make progress. The body needs balance and depends on biorhythms. Regular eating and sleeping patterns are important. And routine.

“A person should be enabled to reach a point of inner peace, self-empowerment and contentment” Dr Terry Lynch [7]

* This list is a work in progress


[1] A New Earth Eckhart Tolle, 2009

[2] Action plan for Bipolar ~

[3] Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) by Mary Ellen Copeland et al


WRAP Crisis Plan & Working Through Hard Times (includes link to pdf)

[4] Selfhood by Dr Terry Lynch, 2011 (includes practical exercises to work through)


[5] The Happiness Habit by Brian Colbert, 2010

See exercise on pg. 79 (Cutting the cord) and The Magpie Technique (involves recognising achievements in life)

[6] Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (first published in 1946) ~

www.amazon.com/Mans-Search-Meaning-VThe Happiness Habitiktor-Frankl/dp/080701429X

Viktor Frankl was a Psychiatrist that survived the concentration camps in WWII

[7] Depression Delusion: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance by Dr Terry Lynch, 2015


Other Resources

Dr. Terry Lynch has information and courses on the topic of Manic Depression / Bipolar ~


Why Bipolar by Declan Henry, 2013 ( I highly recommend this good book)


Antidepressant-associated mania and psychosis resulting in psychiatric admissions.

Yale study (2001) ~ www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11235925

Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being


Sean Blackwell’s work (which I found very useful) www.youtube.com/user/bipolarorwakingup

Corrina Rachel speaking to Sean Blackwell about Bipolar


How to Avoid a Manic Episode ~ www.bpso.org/nomania.htm

I agree with some but not all of what’s in this link but it has useful tips e.g. Reduce stimulation and decrease activity

GROWing towards recovery: a re-enchantment with life – Mike Watts ~


Mary Maddock: a survivor of ECT and decades of Psychiatric drugging ~


Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry ~

The Feel Good Factor: 10 Proven Ways to Feel Happy and Motivated by Patrick Holford, 2011


The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns, 1999 (CBT ~ Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)


The Power of your subconscious mind by Joseph Murphy (first published 1963) ~


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey, 1998


Your Best Year Yet by Jinny Ditzer (2006)


Suicide remains a taboo subject, something few people are prepared to talk about


Men’s Sheds ~ www.menssheds.ie/

Severe PMS (Pre-menstral tension) misdiagnosed as Bipolar http://www.studd.co.uk/bipolar.php

Soteria ~ a network of people in the UK promoting the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic environments for people experiencing ‘psychosis’ or extreme states www.soterianetwork.org.uk

A collection of resources on Open Dialogue and Open Dialogue practices ~


8 Tips to Help Stop Ruminating ~

Fish oil Bipolar treatment benefits ~ www.bipolar-lives.com/fish-oil-bipolar.html

The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive presented by Stephen Fry


Bipolar InOrder by Tom Wootton et al ~


Moving From Bipolar Disorder To Bipolar IN Order ~


Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families

by Dr Peter Breggin, 2012