Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner [NOOK Book]

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Maintaining a relationship is hard enough without the added challenges of your partner’s bipolar disorder symptoms. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder offers information and step-by-step advice for helping your partner manage mood swings and impulsive actions, allowing you to finally focus on enjoying your relationship while also taking time for yourself. This book explains the symptoms of your partner’s disorder and offers strategies for preventing them and responding to ...

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Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner

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Overview


Maintaining a relationship is hard enough without the added challenges of your partner’s bipolar disorder symptoms. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder offers information and step-by-step advice for helping your partner manage mood swings and impulsive actions, allowing you to finally focus on enjoying your relationship while also taking time for yourself. This book explains the symptoms of your partner’s disorder and offers strategies for preventing them and responding to these symptoms when they do occur.

This updated edition includes a new section about the medications your partner may be taking so that you can understand the side effects and help monitor his or her bipolar treatment. As a supportive partner, you deserve support yourself. This book will help you create a more balanced, fulfilling relationship.

Improve your relationship by learning how to:

  • Identify your partner’s symptom triggers so you can prevent episodes
  • Improve communication by stopping irrational “bipolar conversations”
  • Handle your partner’s emotional ups and downs
  • Foster closeness and connection with your partner
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“I am truly impressed with this wonderful book. I will have it in my office and will recommend it to patients’ partners as a matter of course as they go through the journey with this illness.”
—Steven Juergens, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608822218
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 1/2/2012
  • Series: New Harbinger Loving Someone Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 111,971
  • File size: 516 KB

Meet the Author

Julie A. Fast, freelance writer and Web master of juliefast.com, lives in the Pacific Northwest. She believes that with the right tools, bipolar disorder is a predictable and treatable illness.

John D. Preston, PsyD, ABPP

is professor emeritus at Alliant International University in Sacramento, CA, and has also served on the faculty of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and the Professional School of Psychology, San Francisco. He has authored twenty books in the areas of psychotherapy, neurobiology, and psychopharmacology, and coauthored Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple and Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists. Preston is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has lectured internationally.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Chapter 1 Getting Started 1

Chapter 2 Treat Bipolar Disorder First 7

Chapter 3 Multipolar Disorder 18

Chapter 4 Medication Basics 34

Chapter 5 The Holistic Treatment Plan 54

Chapter 6 The "What Works" List 65

Chapter 7 Bipolar Disorder Triggers 79

Chapter 8 A Couple Takes Charge 102

Chapter 9 The Bipolar Conversation 127

Chapter 10 Your Emotional Response to Bipolar Disorder 144

Chapter 11 Work and Money l56

Chapter 12 S-E-X 172

Chapter 13 What about You? 184

Chapter 14 The Hard Truths about Bipolar Disorder 196

Chapter 15 How to Create Laughter and Joy in Your Relationship 210

Appendix Quick Reference Guide to Medications 219

Resources 237

References 239

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