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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder Book Review

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Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder Book Review

About the Book: When a person loves someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very stressful. From medication troubles to a partner's mood swings the demands on a partner can be intense. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder takes a unique and practical approach to these issues. 

Written by an author who has bipolar disorder (and who lived with a partner who also has bipolar disorder) and a coauthor with over ten books on the topic of mental illness, the book offers specific, practical and realistic tips on how a couple can work together as a team to create a treatment plan that teaches them to live with the illness while still maintaining a loving and joyful relationship. (Though this book is written for couples, friends and family members can use the techniques in the book as well.).
Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder provides hope and encourages couples to work together to create a plan they can use to help stabilize bipolar disorder so that their relationship can focus on love and companionship instead of the illness. Chapters include ideas on how to create a comprehensive treatment plan that incorporates medications and supplements, diet, exercise and behavior and lifestyle changes into one practical approach to this very serious illness. The partner of a person with bipolar disorder learns about communicating with their partner when they're ill, getting real about the situation and how to take on other roles in healing besides caretaking. Other specific topics include work and money, emotions, sexual issues and much more. The goal of the book is to help couples create a relationship that is based on support and prevention instead of constant crisis control.

Our Take: The purpose of this book is to help someone that is partnered or married to someone with bipolar disorder learn to manage and relate to their significant other, not to mention assist them in their times of need.  I am married to someone with bi-polar disorder, so who better to review this title, right? 

Overall this book is good.  Its helpful and understanding, although at times a bit unrealistic.  It tells the reader to advise your loved one that you won't deal with/talk to their bi-polar disorder when they are acting up.  I have to say from personal experience that won't go over well, lol.  If you have someone in a delusional state, then a statement like that isn't going to be useful.  Beyond that, the book is full of nice scenarios and solutions to help you assist in caring for your loved one.  Its certainly a helpful tool and a good read.

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