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

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

by Chelsea Lowe, Bruce M. Cohen

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Living With Someone Who's Living With Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers by Chelsea Lowe, Bruce M. Cohen

An essential resource for anyone who has a close relationshipwith a person who is bipolar

This book provides a much-needed resource for family and friendsof the more than 5 million American adults suffering from bipolardisorder. From psychotic behavior that requires medication tomilder mood swings with disturbing ups and down, this book offers awarm and often humorous user-friend guide for coping with bipolarloved ones, colleagues, and friends. The book includes

  • Guidance for identifying bipolar disorder symptoms and how toget the diagnosis confirmed
  • Strategies for dealing with rants, attacks, blame, depression,mania and other behaviors
  • Crucial information on medication and its effectiveness andpotential side-effects
  • Techniques for dealing with attempts to self-medicate withdrugs 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 anda wealth of helpful strategies and coping mechanisms that can beput into action immediately.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470475669
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/26/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 280,378
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Chelsea Lowe is a health writer and essayist and the author ofThe Everything Health Guide to OCD. She has written featurearticles and essays for NPR, Newsweek, Newsday, the Los AngelesTimes, the Boston Globe, and other publications.

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

3 Getting an Accurate Diagnosis.

4 Understanding Medication.

5 Understanding Psychosocial Therapies and Medical TreatmentOptions.

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 forBipolar Disorder.

Notes.

Resources.

About the Authors.

Index.

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Living With Someone Who's Living With Bipolar Disorder 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ECCNJ More than 1 year ago
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.
Florida-Bob More than 1 year ago
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.
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