Living With Someone Who's Living With Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers
January 2010, Jossey-Bass
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Over 5 million American adults suffer from bipolar disorder. Millions more husbands, wives, partners, parents, children, family, friends, and coworkers suffer with them as they experience extreme mood swings from hyperactive mania to sadness and intractable depression.
LIVING WITH SOMEONE WHO’S LIVING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint; February 2010; $18.95; Paperback; ISBN: 978-0-470-47566-9) by Chelsea Lowe and Bruce M. Cohen, MD, PhD provides a much-needed resource for people seeking to understand and care for those with the disorder. Pairing cutting edge brain research with hopeful family case histories, this book includes:
- guidance for identifying bipolar disorder symptoms and confirming the diagnosis
- 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
- tips for how those with bipolar disorder can care for themselves, feel supported and live their own lives
LIVING WITH SOMEONE WHO’S LIVING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER contains real-life illustrative examples and a wealth of helpful strategies and coping mechanisms that can be put into action immediately. From psychotic behavior that requires medication to milder mood swings with disturbing ups and down, this book stands apart from more narrow, technical resources by offering a warm and often humorous user-friend guide for coping with bipolar loved ones, colleagues, and friends.