Living With Someone Who's Living With Bipolar Disorder. A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers

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

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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.


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Mental health columnist Lowe and Cohen (psychiatry, Harvard Univ.) team up to address the needs and concerns of those who are involved with someone who has bipolar disorder. They use nontechnical language to describe all aspects of diagnosis, treatment options, and day–to–day issues. Numerous vignettes of couples, told from the nonbipolar partner′s point of view, personalize the narrative and also make clear how varied the symptoms, whether behavioral or emotional, can be. Specific advice is offered on communicating with family, friends, and work colleagues; developing a professional and nonprofessional support system; and navigating the impact of this disease on work and personal life. There is also an extensive reading list appended, and resources appropriate to the topic at hand are integrated into the text.

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)
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