By John D. Preston, Ruth C. White


After receiving a bipolar prognosis, you would like transparent solutions.

Bipolar 101 is a simple advisor to realizing bipolar affliction. It contains the entire info you must regulate your indicators and reside better.

Authored by way of either a psychologist and a psychological well-being specialist who has bipolar sickness herself, this pocket advisor is the single e-book on bipolar sickness you'll ever desire.

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The intervention, which we entitled Narrative Enhancement/Cognitive Therapy (NECT) features a guide for the practitioner aimed to help explain the rationale, tone and technique, as well as handouts that can be used to guide group discussions. In addition, the manual includes worksheets that can be used to help group members to learn and practice skills for coping with internalized stigma by identifying cognitive distortions or dysfunctional attitudes related to having a mental illness. Finally, and most directly related to the topic of this chapter, the intervention focuses on offering participants the opportunity to tell their own unique stories and provide constructive feedback to the stories of other participants.

What are the ways in which personal narratives differ from one another and how are such differences related to wellness? In one of the first attempts to quantitatively study personal narratives, Lysaker et al. (2006a; 2006b), developed the Scale to Assess Narrative Development (STAND). The STAND was constructed on the basis of narrative theory which stresses that a sense of self can vary from a state of more to less coherence according to how it is constituted with a past and present as embodied within the stories one tells oneself and others.

This has nothing to do with the suspicious thoughts or voices; it is purely a distorted state of being. The clinical symptoms come and go, but this nothingness of the self is permanently there … what scared me the most was a sense that I had lost myself, a constant feeling that my self no longer belonged to me…. What he [the mental health professional] chose to see was nothing but the symptoms alone. I feel that my real self has left me, seeping through the fog toward a separate reality, which engulfs and dissolves this self … the real ‘me’ is not here any more.

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