Living With Someone Who's Living With Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the experience of bipolar disorder specialist Cohen (director of Harvard University's McLean Psychiatric Hospital), treatment is always more effective "when a partner was involved" to provide ongoing support. Thus, he and science writer Lowe team up to produce a helpful source of support and information for that partner, who is sure to face his or her own problems coping and keeping up. The volume's first part provides useful information about the disease, which is estimated to afflict between five and ten million Americans and is characterized by extreme, polar opposite states of mood (encompassing, at times, both mania and suicidal depression) and a constellation of symptoms like sleeplessness, extreme irritability, hypersexuality, substance abuse, and delusions of grandeur or persecution. The second part describes the particular issues partners face when living with a bipolar sufferer, and includes approaches to communication and coping, workplace situations, intimacy, and the event of suicide threats or attempts. Throughout, Lowe and Cohen emphasize the importance of counseling for both patient and partner, and of soliciting support from all sources: relatives, friends, and even employers. This helpful, compassionate guide to making a "productive and loving life" despite an unpredictable disease is capped with excerpts from the DSM-IV-TR and a list or resources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470550496
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/8/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 191,712
  • File size: 576 KB

Meet the Author

Chelsea Lowe is a health writer and essayist and the author of The Everything Health Guide to OCD. She has written feature articles and essays for NPR, Newsweek, Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and other publications.

Bruce M. Cohen, MD, PhD, is emeritus director of the Harvard University– affiliated McLean Hospital and the Robertson-Steele Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cohen is a national leader in the study and treatment of bipolar disorders.

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Table of Contents

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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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    The low ratings suprised me. I've read most of the books listed

    The low ratings suprised me. I've read most of the books listed as recommendations when you pull this book up. Compared to all of the others, this book is the most informative. This book was recommended by a therapist and its the wisest counsel she has given me. I love my bipolar person, boundaries and limits to behavior are essential in order to manage the disease. This book helps show a loving way for a partner or family member to do that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Dissapointed....

    The introduction talks about many scenarios regarding "living with someone who is Bipolar" (ie: spouse, child, friend, neightbor...). I am a parent of an adult child who is severely Bipolar. After the introduction, the books focusses on couples only. The scenarios cannot even compare to the life I live with my daughter. I am dissapointed... this book is only for couples and should state so.

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    A must read to fully understand those indiviuals who live with Bipolar Disorder.

    This book provides an understanding of the difficulties and fears that individuals with Bipolar Disorder encounter on a daily basis. It is written in non-technical terms which are easy to understand and provide various examples of actual case studies. Subsequent to reading this book, I have a much clearer understanding and appreciation of those indiviuals who suffer from Bipolar Disorder.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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