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An essential resource for anyone who has a close relationship with a person who is bipolar...

This book provides a much-needed resource for family and friends of the more than 5 million American adults suffering from bipolar disorder. From psychotic behavior that requires medication to milder mood swings with disturbing ups and down, this book offers a warm and often humorous user-friend guide for coping with bipolar loved ones, colleagues, and friends. The book includes

  • Guidance for identifying bipolar disorder symptoms and how to get the diagnosis confirmed
  • Strategies for dealing with rants, attacks, blame, depression, mania and other behaviors
  • Crucial information on medication and its effectiveness and potential side-effects
  • Techniques for dealing with attempts to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol
  • How 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 and a wealth of helpful strategies and coping mechanisms that can be put into action immediately.

©2010 Chelsea Lowe and Bruce M. Cohen (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Enabling

If I would have listened to this book in the years I was trying to make my relationship with my bipolar boyfriend work, I probably would have been grateful for this book. However, I recently ended that relationship after years of having to medicate myself and seek therapy because coping with this type of relationship is so challenging. I am so sick of books about loving and living with someone with bipolar. "...consider staying at home..." if the social situation will be too difficult for your partner???? Looking back now I regret all of the events I've missed and friends I've lost. What should be written is a book for people who are bipolar living and living with a person without the disease! We deserve just as much thoughtfulness and care as the bipolar partner.

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By family & friends they mean spouses.

It was ok, but the bipolar person in my life is a parent, not a lover. I felt very let down. Narrator is fine. Ehh!

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need to hear<br />

great, I learned a lot. I left this commentary with a greater understanding of bipolar disorder.

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Helpful but not structured well

I really thought the author did a good job of presenting symptoms and examples of how those symptoms may be illustrated. There were very helpful examples of how the partner could make life easier for the Bi-polar person in the relationship. It was a little poorly structured in areas though. There were some areas that I lost focus because of information was sprinkled in randomly that disrupted the flow of the narrative. Had these more in depth areas been in separate chapters in may have been more easier to focus on information the reader was trying to obtain. Overall however it was very helpful and think it can benefit relationships.

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Extremely Useful and Educational

There are so many references that are priceless throughout the whole book in various chapters. I found a lot of these resources to be incredibly useful in my personal situation. The author has thoroughly explained BiPolar disorder through her book for anyone, whether they have someone who struggles with bipolar or not, to understand what it is and what to do about it. I would recommend this book to anyone who has or anyone who knows someone else who struggles with bipolar disorder.

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What's the point of reading out TTY phone numbers?

Seriously, the narrator reads out every referenced website and resource phone number including TYY phone numbers! Hoe many deaf people do you know who listen to audiobooks?
This is just one example of my problems with the narration. As for the content, it's s mixed bag. It has some helpful points but also seems to spend a lot of time explaining things that are common sense.

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Terrible as an audio book

Just so hard to listen to. Might be better as a written reference source, just not an audio book.

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This book reminded me of a *very* long PowerPoint presentation, each slide full of bulleted facts. I was hoping for a more informal, more anecdotal introduction to what it is like to have bipolar disorder or to know someone with the illness. Somewhere in all the facts were probably several valuable for someone coping with BD in real life, but if you get this book, be prepared to be overwhelmed with information.

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