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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 – September 26, 2006
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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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Yes, this book does cover information on medications. Having been on several that have been ineffective, I actually found this section eye opening as well. I always thought meds just didn’t work, but this book talks about the different types of medication and explains how each type works differently and why it can be difficult to find the right ones.
This book also covers other options and therapies for bipolar disorder (like acupuncture, which is part of my treatment regimen). I like how this book incorporates all different types of treatment. I fully agree with the entire body/mind/lifestyle needing to be treated and not just one part of it.
It wasn’t long before I started underlining passages in the book and making notes in the margins. There was a lot of useful information in every chapter, not just for me, but for my family and friends. Several of my notes were to my family and friends who are now reading the book. A way for me to point out to them “this is me. ..This is how I feel.” In fact, as my mother was reading it we were discussing work and she said “That’s a bipolar conversation!”
I originally got this book as a eBook for me and then bought the paper copy for my family and friends to share (and to use for printing the work pages). The eBook was perfectly readable and I like having this book on hand at all times, but there are uses for the paper copy (such as sharing with your support team). And highlighting and making notes in an eBook are possible, but slightly more cumbersome for me personally.
I would highly recommend this book to people as a resource for finding a way to manage Bipolar Disorder in their lives.
In the past, I accepted my "mental illness" intellectually. . .emotionally not as much. But seeing it now, for what it is - a "disease", is so much easier to wrap my brain and feelings around. The workbook format is great, in that actually needing to write down specifics, forces pause, contemplation and decision making which I feel is very important! In addition, the grey boxes that spell out suggestions for family, friends, and caretakers associated with a bipolar acquaintance, are "go to"
I continue to read, study, learn and answer sections as I make my way through this workbook! Buy it!
Bipolar can be extremely difficult to manage, even with the use of medications and therapy. This is one of the best resources of its type I've ever seen. While there is no easy solution to managing Bipolar behaviors, this is a resource I highly recommend.
I'd recommend all of Julie's books. She writes well and covers all the bases, including family members and children. This is a must have.
A valuable, relatable resource that clinicians, friends/loved ones and clients can read together or separately to help bridge the gap.