An essential resource for anyone who has a close relationship with a person who is bipolar
This book provides a much-needed resource for family and friends of the more than 5 million American adults suffering from bipolar disorder. From psychotic behavior that requires medication to milder mood swings with disturbing ups and down, this book offers a warm and often humorous user-friend guide for coping with bipolar loved ones, colleagues, and friends. The book includes
- Guidance for identifying bipolar disorder symptoms and how to get the diagnosis confirmed
- Strategies for dealing with rants, attacks, blame, depression, mania and other behaviors
- Crucial information on medication and its effectiveness and potential side-effects
- Techniques for dealing with attempts to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol
- How many people with bipolar disorders can care for themselves, get help, feel supported and go on with their own lives
This important book contains real-life illustrative examples and a wealth of helpful strategies and coping mechanisms that can be put into action immediately.
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.