Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Individuals and FamiliesUpdated Edition

Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Individuals and FamiliesUpdated Edition

by Michael W. Otto, Noreen A. Reilly-Harrington, Robert O. Knauz, Aude Henin
     
 

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Living with Bipolar Disorder is designed to help patients and their families develop the skills they need to be good consumers of treatment and to become expert partners in the management of this challenging disorder. Drawing on research documenting the strength of combining drug treatments with behavioral interventions for fighting bipolar disorder, the authors of

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Living with Bipolar Disorder is designed to help patients and their families develop the skills they need to be good consumers of treatment and to become expert partners in the management of this challenging disorder. Drawing on research documenting the strength of combining drug treatments with behavioral interventions for fighting bipolar disorder, the authors of this book take a skill-based, family-and-friends approach to managing the ups and downs commonly experienced with bipolar disorder. Readers will learn how to better recognize mood shifts before they happen, minimize their impact, and move on with their lives. Family members will learn how to recognize potential problems, provide encouragement, practice new coping skills, and understand what a loved one is going through. Living with Bipolar Disorder provides worksheets and forms to help readers reinforce skills and practices learned in therapy, as well as useful information about the details of living with bipolar disorder, advice on the best ways to avoid relapses, and strategies for anticipating problems. In this new edition, the authors have expanded the text to reflect the newest advances in research on the management of bipolar disorder, adding the latest in drug information, advice on selecting a therapist, a discussion of the challenges of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood with bipolar, managing stress, improving relationship and communication skills both with the family and with one's clinician, and more. Living with Bipolar Disorder offers a wealth of effective strategies to reduce the likelihood of episodes of depression or mania and maximize the enjoyment of life.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is an update of a guide for individuals and families in dealing with this bipolar disorder.
Purpose: It is designed to help patients and their families develop the skills they need to be good consumers of treatment and become partners in the management of bipolar disorder. The book is essentially psychoeducation written at an understandable and realistic level for all readers. Far too often, there is not a reliable resource for patients and families; luckily this is a strong resource.
Audience: The audience is anyone who is suffering with or who knows someone suffering with bipolar disorder. Clinicians also would benefit from reading this as well since it provides a broad view of the challenges our families and patients face. The authors are well known in their field.
Features: The book is divided into two parts on understanding bipolar disorder and its treatment and managing the disorder. Part one deals with terminology, medications, treatment adherence, and psychotherapy. Part two is a standout section as the authors delve into the psychosocial stressors, exacerbation of symptoms, biases, life goals, and overall wellbeing.
Assessment: This is a clear, concise, and well-written guide for patients dealing with bipolar disorder and their families and friends.
From the Publisher
"The book is clearly written in a manner that enables average readers to understand and, just as importantly, ask questions about the disorder, and makes suggestions about what to ask their healthcare providers. This makes the book appropriate for the patient, significant others and caregivers, as well as students of the healing arts in teaching their patients about collaboration in care. The authors provide an evidence- and research-based perspective."—Doody's, a 4 star review!

"This is a clear, concise, and well-written guide for patients dealing with bipolar disorder and their families and friends." — DOODY'S

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199782024
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/30/2011
Edition description:
Updated Edition
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
1,353,545
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Michael W. Otto, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at Boston University.

Noreen A. Reilly-Harrington, Ph.D. and Robert O. Knauz, Ph.D. are Clinical Psychologists at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructors at Harvard Medical School.

Aude Henin, Ph.D. is Co-Director of the Child CBT Program at Massachusetts General Hospital .

Jane N. Kogan, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Gary S. Sachs, M.D. is Founder of the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

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