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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a powerful, inspiring, and self-motivating book for patients with bipolar spectrum disorders and their family and friends. This is a true guide for how to live with bipolar disorder on a day-to-day basis.
Purpose: The book is designed to give readers the knowledge and expertise to recognize their own symptoms and stressors, to take control of their psychological and pharmacological treatments. Notably, this knowledge allows them to arm themselves with awareness for early intervention, thus promoting less cycling and overall well-being. The empowerment and strength of patients and their families cannot be overstated, and this book succeeds in providing the necessary tools and information for just that purpose.
Audience: Patients, family, friends, and the mental health community will be well served by this book. Interestingly, it could serve as a novel way to illustrate to psychiatry residents and graduate students the complicated nature of the disorder as well as promoting an empathic treatment stance.
Features: The book built on an empathic and realistic stance to enable patients and loved ones to recognize and understand the disorder. There are a number of great chapters covering important topics such as medication compliance, breakthrough symptoms, stress, mood, and relapse. These topics are described in detail in a non-judgmental, open way. The book stresses patient involvement and promotes patients truly being a part of the treatment team.
Assessment: This is stand-out book for patient awareness and empowerment. It should be required reading for patients and their families.