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Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Wellness; Csm edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446697613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446697613
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julie Fast is the founder of Bipolar Happens, a popular online resource. She was diagnosed aged 31 and is now a recognised expert in the field. She lives in Oregon. John Preston is a neuropsychologist, specialising in Bipolar Disorder. He lives in California

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This book is very well laid out and very helpful.
S. Bisker
A very good book for those who have bipolar disorder and for the friends and family members of those with bipolar disorder as well.
R. Alger
They tell you what worked for them, where they were in their lives when they made the choice to take charge and get well.
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133 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Elaura Renie on September 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was one of the lucky people who read an advance copy...and I was determined to be the first person to reveiw this amazing, life saving book on Amazon. Readers of Fast's and Preston's other book on Bipolar disorder (loving someone with bipolar) will be thrilled to finally get a detailed, step-by-step, super-in-depth plan that gently guides them to health. And for family members, this book will save relationships and marriages. The two things about this book that set it apart from anything else on the market that deals with bipolar disorder are 1)BIPOLAR CONVERSATIONS -- example: how do you talk to your teenage daughter/ mother/ spouse when they she's ready to kill herself, or manic, or sexually out of control? Fast and Preston, through their vast experiences and decades of dealing with this illness, show us what conversations work, and also HOW NOT to deal with those we love... and 2) sidebar stories from both bipolar patients and family members who have survived the devastating effects of this illness. They tell you what worked for them, where they were in their lives when they made the choice to take charge and get well. Especially powerful was the story written by Fast's brother. Actually, I found myself skipping ahead through the book and reading all the stories of the people who have this illness -- as well as the family member stories. Of course, I went back and read the whole book cover to cover. BUY THIS BOOK.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Rose Berge on October 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Julie Fast's unique perspective on bi-polar disorder comes from personal experience. In dealing with her own bi-polar disorder, she has personally had to do the challenging work to carve her own path through so she could live a productive life. Reading this book is a short-cut. It cuts through all the theory and goes to the heart of what actually works. If you need real assistance in dealing with the disorder yourself or if you need to know how to deal with a loved one who has bi-polar disorder, this book sends you life line. It lays out a step by step, practical approach that you can use as a handbook to guide you as you carve your own path through your individual challenge with bi-polar disorder.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By D. Towers on January 11, 2007
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This is a a wonderful, easy to understand book. I definately recommend it to anyone with Bipolar Disorder, and to anyone with a Bipolar person in their lives. This book discusses the needs of the person with bipolar disorder as well as the needs of family members, friends, and health care professionals.

My brother has just been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and while I knew basically what that meant, I needed to know more to understand what was happening to him. It is written for the person with Bipolar, with notes for family and friends on how to help him/her. I have just sent the book to my brother knowing that when he reads it, it will help him tremendously. It will help him understand what is happening and will teach him what to do when the mood changes begin. Like the book says on the cover - it will help him (and us) manage his illness so he can live a more stable life. It will help him understand why his brain is behaving the way it is and is written so positively that he should not feel scared or overwhelmed when he reads it. AND it teaches us how to respond to his mood changes which is very important.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By LouLou on July 10, 2007
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I had also bought another bipolar disorder workbook, and this one is definately my favorite of the two. This one addresses both Bipolar I and II, whereas the other one acted like Bipolar II didn't even exist! This one also seems more comprehensive, dealing with diet, and supplements and other things that are helpful to bipolar patients.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tara Manriquez on February 14, 2007
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I am a big fan of Julie Fast. This book was so helpful and inspiring. I have read many books on Bipolar Disorder and Julie Fast has always been the one I credit for really helping me get control back of my life. As a person living with bipolar disorder I would recomend this book 100%, It is not just for people living with Bipolar Disorder though it has also helped many family members. I would strongly recomend Julie Fasts other book for family members Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder. I would also recomend Julie Fasts health cards and her books Bipolar Happens, and Tips for Talking with Health Care Professionals from her website [..] I love that all of her writtings come from her personal experience with Bipolar Disorder and from her loving someone with the disorder. Thank you Julie Fast for another extremely helpful coping tool.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Steinle on January 9, 2007
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It was an easy read and had so many useful helps in understanding bipolar issues. I continue to refer to it from week to week. Thanks! Nancy S.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Country Colie on January 3, 2007
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I have read several books on Bipolar Disorder since I was diagnosed 2 years ago and this is probably the best one yet. It hits on some details that other books have left out.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By g3heavenlyfruit on April 16, 2009
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Now I understand my messy room, anger outrage and anxiety and starting a million projects but hardly ever finish any is not my personality weakness, it is my brain disorder, and by addressing these symptoms with awareness, medication and lifestyle changes and coping skills I can lead a functioning normal life.
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