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Publisher's Summary

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Caroline on 06-04-17

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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2 out of 5 stars
By The Mays on 06-09-14

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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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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