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:
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 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.
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 includesGuidance for identifying bipolar disorder symptoms and how toget the diagnosis confirmedStrategies for dealing with rants, attacks, blame, depression,mania and other behaviorsCrucial information on medication and its effectiveness andpotential side-effectsTechniques for dealing with attempts to self-medicate withdrugs and alcoholHow 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.