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Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner (The New Harbinger Loving Someone Series) Paperback – January 2, 2012
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"Resources for individuals with bipolar disorder are few and far between, but those for the people who care for them are even scarcer. Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston have put together a valuable resource for families and caregivers of people with bipolar disorder. Taking a holistic perspective, these authors offer advice that will help readers help their loved ones with bipolar disorder. More importantly, this book encourages and helps readers to take good care of themselves and their relationships."
—Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, psychotherapist and author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, The Bipolar Workbook for Teens, and other books
"I am truly impressed with this wonderful book. I will have it in my office and recommend it to patients’ partners as a matter of course as they go through the journey with this illness."
—Steven Juergens, MD
"More than an education about bipolar disorder, this is a welcome to the journey, in the kindest language you will find in any such book. Open to any page and you will notice the tone and wisdom of people who’ve obviously been there. It’s a challenge to maintain a relationship with someone who has this illness. You’d do well to have a guide, and you will not find any better than Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston. Nor will you find any clearer advice than that which the authors have laid out. Their book is remarkably emotionally intelligent and a privilege to read."
—James Phelps, MD, mood disorders specialist at Samaritan Mental Health in Corvallis, OR, and author of Why Am I Still Depressed?
"This book will help the loved ones of people living with bipolar disorder to better understand its challenges. It provides clear, concrete ways of giving the support needed to keep their loved ones healthy and get them through the rough spots."
—Ruth White, PhD, MPH, MSW, associate professor of social work at Seattle University and author of Bipolar 101
"Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston have put together an impressive second-edition guide for couples struggling with the reality of bipolar disorder. They strive to decouple the diagnosis from the individual living with it. This premise lays the groundwork for their discussion of compassionate, non-blaming communication combined with effective couples-based solutions for those striving to work through the interpersonal complexities of a relationship impacted by bipolar disorder. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder really is a must-read for anyone who does."
—Russ Federman, PhD, ABPP, director of counseling and psychological services at the University of Virginia and author of Facing Bipolar
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Tl;Dr: if you only read one book on bipolar disorder as family or friend of someone with bipolar disorder, make it this one. And then follow up with Welcome to the Jungle because it will make you laugh which you desperately need.
It has useful chapters about partners who deny the diagnosis, and who don't/won't take medication. The fundamental message is that the ill person has to take charge of the illness, be self responsible and do everything they can to recover as much as possible, because if they don't the marriage will founder. The sad reality is that over 90% of marriages break up.
I have followed my son's psychotherapy sessions for years, with several psychologists, and no one in the US helped me to understand his condition and recommend me to help me and my son with a book like this along psychotherapy sessions. It seems that psychology treatments for patients is misguided and biased on a" one to one sessions" and the individual , and should include at least 20 % of sessions to compare advances and setbacks with parents.
I bough this book and gave copies for all family members and we are going from desperation, to understanding and managing behaviours for us, among us and my son, to improve our quality of life. I congratulate the authors and strongly recommend it to any family with members with bipolarity conditions.