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.