Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner

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New Harbinger Publications, Jan 2, 2012 - Self-Help - 256 pages

Maintaining a relationship is hard enough without the added challenges of your partner’s bipolar disorder symptoms. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder offers information and step-by-step advice for helping your partner manage mood swings and impulsive actions, allowing you to finally focus on enjoying your relationship while also taking time for yourself. This book explains the symptoms of your partner’s disorder and offers strategies for preventing them and responding to these symptoms when they do occur.

This updated edition includes a new section about the medications your partner may be taking so that you can understand the side effects and help monitor his or her bipolar treatment. As a supportive partner, you deserve support yourself. This book will help you create a more balanced, fulfilling relationship.

Improve your relationship by learning how to:

• Identify your partner’s symptom triggers so you can prevent episodes
• Improve communication by stopping irrational “bipolar conversations”
• Handle your partner’s emotional ups and downs
• Foster closeness and connection with your partner

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
GETTING STARTED
TREAT BIPOLAR DISORDER FIRST
MULTIPOLAR DISORDER
MEDICATION BASICS
THE HOLISTIC TREATMENT PLAN
THE WHAT WORKS LIST
BIPOLAR DISORDER TRIGGERS
YOUR EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO BIPOLAR DISORDER
WORK AND MONEY
SEX
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
THE HARD TRUTHS ABOUT BIPOLAR DISORDER
HOW TO CREATE LAUGHTER AND JOY IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP
QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE TO MEDICATIONS
Resources References

A COUPLE TAKES CHARGE
THE BIPOLAR CONVERSATION

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About the author (2012)

Julie A. Fast, freelance writer and Web master of www.juliefast.com, lives in the Pacific Northwest. She believes that with the right tools, bipolar disorder is a predictable and treatable illness.

John D. Preston, PsyD, ABPP, (1950-2020), was a licensed psychologist, and author or coauthor of twenty books. He was professor emeritus of psychology at Alliant International University, and served on the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine. Preston lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He was a recipient of the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award for contributions to the mental health professions, and was a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

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