When someone you love is bipolar Help and support for you and your partner

Cynthia G. Last

Book - 2009

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Published
New York, NY : Guilford Press c2009.
Language
English
Physical Description
xii, 306 p. ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-291) and index.
ISBN
9781593856083
1593856083
9781606231241
1606231243
Main Author
Cynthia G. Last (-)
  • Does someone you love have bipolar disorder?
  • What you can expect: the course of bipolar illness
  • "It's not me!": when your partner is in denial
  • What you need to know about your partner's treatment
  • You, your loved one, and the doctors: the team approach to getting and staying well
  • Helping your partner stick with medication
  • Other things you and your partner can do to prevent mood episodes
  • Strategies for dealing with the ups together
  • Strategies for dealing with the downs together
  • Taking care of yourself and your relationship.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Inspired by her own experiences with bipolar disorder, clinical psychologist Last (Help for Worried Kids) takes on the disorder in all its manifestations, counseling readers about its impact on relationships. As she points out, the impact of the disorder depends not only on its severity, the quality of the treatment, and the patient's compliance but also on the partner's willingness to monitor the disorder and periodically accept it as a "third party" in the relationship. She also considers the constraints placed on social life and, conversely, how the patient's high energy and creativity can compensate for the instability and mood problems. Part reference and part self-help guide, the book includes checklists, charts, scales, and strategies, with an emphasis on the medical aspects of this condition and its treatment. The strongest chapter features detailed information about psychotropic medication, helping partners understand what the medications do and what the side effects are. A list of recommended books, organizations, and Internet sites is included. Verdict Fact filled and loaded with advice, this book can be somewhat dense and repetitive, making it most appropriate for more sophisticated readers.—Fran Mentch, Cleveland State Univ. Lib. [Page 110]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Last, a clinical psychologist who has bipolar disorder, explains how to maintain a relationship with a partner or spouse who has the disorder and help them through the course of the illness. She relates her personal and professional experiences and describes the symptoms of the illness, treatment, and how to deal with a partner's denial and help them stay on medication, prevent mood episodes, deal with mania and depression, and take care of one's self. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When bipolar disorder afflicts the person you love, you suffer too. How have other couples learned to manage the relationship strains caused by this illness? What can you do to provide your partner with truly helpful nurturance and support? No one cares more deeply about these questions than Dr. Cynthia Last, a highly regarded therapist/researcher who also has bipolar disorder. Sharing stories and solutions from her own experience and the couples she has treated, Dr. Last offers heartfelt, practical guidance for getting through the out-of-control highs and the devastating lows--together. Learn how you can help your spouse come to terms with a bipolar diagnosis, get the most out of treatment, and reduce or prevent future mood episodes, while also taking care of yourself.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When bipolar disorder afflicts the person you love, you suffer too. How have other couples learned to manage the relationship strains caused by this illness? What can you do to provide your partner with truly helpful nurturance and support? No one cares more deeply about these questions than Dr. Cynthia Last, a highly regarded therapist/researcher who also has bipolar disorder. Sharing stories and solutions from her own experience and the couples she has treated, Dr. Last offers heartfelt, practical guidance for getting through the out-of-control highs and the devastating lows--together. Learn how you can help your spouse come to terms with a bipolar diagnosis, get the most out of treatment, and reduce or prevent future mood episodes, while also taking care of yourself.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

When bipolar disorder afflicts the person you love, you suffer too. How have other couples learned to manage the relationship strains caused by this illness? What can you do to provide your partner with truly helpful nurturance and support? No one cares more deeply about these questions than Dr. Cynthia Last, a highly regarded therapist/researcher who also has bipolar disorder. Sharing stories and solutions from her own experience and the couples she has treated, Dr. Last offers heartfelt, practical guidance for getting through the out-of-control highs and the devastating lows--together. Learn how you can help your spouse come to terms with a bipolar diagnosis, get the most out of treatment, and reduce or prevent future mood episodes, while also taking care of yourself.