Living with Someone Who′s Living with Bipolar Disorder
If you love someone who has bipolar disorder, this warm, sometimes humorous, user–friendly book will give you the information you need to deal with changing moods, turbulent ups and downs, depression, mania, and other behaviors that are disturbing. Designed as a hands–on guide and written in everyday, nontechnical language, the book offers practical answers to the most commonly asked questions about bipolar disorder.
"A spellbinding look. For those touched personally by this long misunderstood disorder a must–read that could change your life." Patricia Cornwell, best–selling mystery author
"With this book, Dr. Cohen and Chelsea Lowe will bring palpable comfort to those whose lives have been affected by bipolar disorders." Glenn Close, award–winning actress and advocate
"This is a much–needed book. Although common, bipolar disorder remains widely misunderstood. Chelsea Lowe and Bruce Cohen have written a highly accessible book full of accurate and useful information." Steven E. Hyman, provost, Harvard University; former director, National Institute of Mental Health
Part One Understanding Bipolar Disorder.
1 What Is (and Isn t) Bipolar Disorder?
2 A Brief, Colorful History (and Some Science) of Bipolar Disorder.
3 Getting an Accurate Diagnosis.
4 Understanding Medication.
5 Understanding Psychosocial Therapies and Medical Treatment Options.
Part Two Living with Your Partner.
6 Building a Support Team.
7 Bipolar Disorders and the Workplace.
8 Communication and Coping Skills.
9 Coping with Negative and Dangerous Behaviors.
10 Sex, Intimacy, and Relationship Issues.
11 Suicide Attempts, Hospitalization, and Commitment.
12 Family Matters.
Appendix: Excerpts from the DSM–IV–TR Diagnostic Criteria for Bipolar Disorder.
About the Authors.
Verdict: This offers practical help to those living with or related to a person who is or might be suffering from bipolar disorder. A guide on the nitty–gritty details of managing a relationship and a life, with a hefty dose of encouragement thrown in, this has lots of excellent resources for all aspects of diagnosis, treatment, communication, and coping. Paula McMillen, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (Library Journal, January 29, 2010)