Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner

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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 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


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608822195
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2012
Series: The New Harbinger Loving Someone Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 66,929
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Julie A. Fast, freelance writer and Web master of www.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 a licensed psychologist, and author or coauthor of twenty books. He is professor emeritus of psychology at Alliant International University, and has also served on the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He is the recipient of the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award for contributions to the mental health professions, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

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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