In this memoir cum self-help book, Eron relates her struggle to help her late husband cope with bipolar disorder. Jim, a clinical psychologist, had experienced several frightening episodes of mania before meeting his wife, a social worker trained in psychotherapeutic techniques, and so they both should have known the dangers of Jim's going off lithium (why he does so is never made very clear, although he did feel as if the drug slowed his thought processes). Without his stabilizing medication, Jim changes from a loving husband to an obnoxious, verbally abusive stranger seeking a divorce. As their marriage unravels, Eron consults numerous experts, awaiting the onset of the depressive phase of Jim's illness, during which he could be hospitalized. Unfortunately, when depression arrives, it descends swiftly, and Jim commits suicide before anyone can assist him. Eron provides an excellent list of spousal survival strategies, as well as a helpful bibliography. For all public libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.