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Living With Someone Who's Living With Bipolar Disorder. A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2219900
  • Book
  • January 2010
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

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.

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Preface.

Introduction.

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.

Notes.

Resources.

About the Authors.

Index.

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Chelsea Lowe
Bruce M. Cohen
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