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Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder

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Surviving a Borderline Parent is the first step-by-step guide for adult children of parents with borderline personality disorder.Between 6 and 10 million people in the US suffer from borderline personality disorder. This book teaches adult child
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Published August 28th 2009 by 0 (first published January 1st 2004)
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Aug 16, 2007 Seth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beepers and anyone who is around them
Shelves: medical
This is the #1 book I tell people to read about BP. It's the only book I know of that isn't targetted specifically at person experiencing BP or a parent of someone experiencing BP.

If you experience BP, giving this book to someone who loves you wll do more than reading any book on handling BP yourself. Especially early after the diagnosis, outside observation and input from someone supportive who knows you well is the best start to treatment. This book gives them the tools they need.

It's a frank
Apr 30, 2012 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one night. The first time I've been able to focus long enough to read a book in one day since the last Tom Clancy novel.
Having recently been diagnosed with bipolar 2, I did find this book helpful in understanding quite a number of things that before now had gone unrecognized as symptoms of bipolar. Some aspects of my life could have been much simpler had I read this book 20 years ago!
Overall, I found the book helpful and might give it a higher rating once I've read a few more bo
I really struggled with this book. On the one hand, there were many helpful suggestions, such as creating symptom lists for various moods and mood episodes, which included thoughts, emotions, behaviors, etc. In that way, it was really pragmatic and encouraged united the person with bipolar disorder and their partner against the illness, rather than get bogged down in counterproductive and damaging behaviors and ways of relating to one another. The text assumed the reader really had zero experien ...more
Mala Ashok
A valuable book for a certain community. I would have to say though that it is too skewed in favour of depression as opposed to mania and hypomania. Thus the suggestions for caregivers as to how to manage their partners' illness is not always appropriate. Also, the point needs to be made repeatedly that there is no standard and every person who has Bipolar Disorder is different; thus behaviour of the caregiver should also be different.
Mar 09, 2014 Nancyp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was one of the best books about bipolar and how a partner can help or work through triggers, stay well, and strategies. My husband read it as well, and we intend to do the exercises together.

I am bipolar and this is one of the most helpful books I've read.
Jul 29, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a game changer for how my partner and I viewed the illness. Not only did it give us many tactics to use in overcoming the hardships of bipolar disorder, it gave us hope that there can be a life together beyond it.
Devon Trevarrow Flaherty
Jun 05, 2008 Devon Trevarrow Flaherty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love someone with bipolar
Recommended to Devon by: mother-in-law
Still reading, but it's great so far. The author requests that you move slow. Every paragraph is a new "aha!" moment, a new reason to cry (which we all know I need to do more). As far as therapy goes, this book, the Bible, my journal, and the soundtrack for "Once" are doing it for me right now.
Dawn Wells
Sep 21, 2013 Dawn Wells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good read to understand a spouse with bipolar.
May 04, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lifesaver

My husband was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and this is by far the best book for spouses/significant others that I have read. It's good to read a few books for the person with bipolar disorder (I highly recommend Welcome to the Jungle) but this book gets me. It has been an emotional experience reading this book as I recognized how many of the symptoms and behaviors my husband was showing and even the ones I was experiencing. I had to put it down a few times because it was
Jesse Zellmer
A good study on how to living with your partner and working around the illness instead of trying to fix it. It's as holistic as the treatment plan it suggests and refreshing to hear that I'm not the only person (as a caretaker) who goes through this stuff. I loved many of the sections that explained how to find what works for myself and my partner, most of which were at the beginning of the book. However as the book went on I expected it to keep going on finding things to try during the harder t ...more
Michael Wolf
Jul 23, 2011 Michael Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been implementing many of the ideas from this book as I've seen fit to use with a dear friend of mine that has BD II, and it's in the revelation of the truths when we talk about the skills and systems of approaching the disorder talked about in this book that mark for me the book's usefulness, and perhaps now for her, as through my relating of the book's ideas and content she now wants to read it and participate in the systematic approach of better dealing with the effects of bipolar disord ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is mainly about strategies on how to deal with someone who is bipolar. The strategies seem straightforward for the most part and give the reader ideas on what to do and when to do it. Bipolar is an all encompassing disease that is still being defined today. The book seems to focus on the relationship a significant other would have with someone who is bipolar. The books also seems to focus on people who are diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder (currently there are several types or disorder ...more
Aug 06, 2007 BeerDiablo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: improvement
This is the first book I've read on the subject and being that, I found it to be beneficial. The authors cover the major topics and give you a framework to help manage a relationship with a person that has the illness but don’t go into medication, other than specifying to make sure that they’re being taken.

Most of the examples are for Bipolar I, which is more extreme and require more work/caretaking on the partner that isn’t ill.

It still gives a good foundation for dealing with a Bipolar II par
Barbara Atlas
Feb 20, 2013 Barbara Atlas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know the credentials of this author nor whether there's any science behind her claims; I listened because it showed up on the list of available audio books at the Arlington Public Library. I would have enjoyed reading it more that listening to it on my iPhone, because the reader spoke sooooooo slowly, and I came to detest how she said "bipolar disorder."

Despite all that, it was an interesting book that affirmed what I knew and taught me much more. Someone who has been correctly diagnose
This author was recommended to me by a friend who has a family history of the illness. It is outstanding - a wonderful resource for anyone in a relationship with someone who is bi-polar (as well as the individual him/herself), and gives anyone interested a very good idea of how bi-polar manifests itself. It's aimed at a couple managing the illness by recognizing the verbal/non-verbal cues that can spiral downward into depression or mania, and nipping the symptoms in the bud. I plan to read her o ...more
Realistic, helpful to a point

I liked all of the journaling questions to get a clearer picture of the disorder, how it affects each of us and needs. I was hoping for more suggestions and tools in particular for spouses. It was heavy for me to read since my spouse is not willing to work on his bipolar right now and hasn't for a long time due to his illness. I appreciated the reality checks, and the way the author could relate to the feelings of both the spouse and the loves one v suffering with bi
An okay book. It has some helpful suggestions for couples but it also promises a lot more suggestions that it never delivers on. There were also some suggestions, that as a counselor, I could never recommend to a client. An okay book for information, but do not use it as your only source of information. Reach out to professionals and read more on the topic from other authors.

This was the first edition, I didn't read the second edition which has been released now. The first edition is riddled wit
J Campbell
When my spouse was first diagnosed with BiPolar Disorder, I didn't know where to turn. This book helped me through some very dark hours, and clarified some of my feelings. So much so that I was able to remain married in the tough times and now life is much better with proper medication, therapy and support groups.
I do wish this book had a Biblical context to it. I've actually written a book with a Biblical reference for those living and loving a spouse with BiPolar Disorder.
May 14, 2013 Stevie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We haven't had a chance to sit down and walk through the exercises as a couple yet, but this book has already given me some successfull coping strategies, and has given me the hope that our relationship will be able to weather the stormy seas of this illness better in the future. Definitely recommend the book for anyone who is daring to take on the challenge of marrying someone with bipolar disorder.
Carisa Crosbie
Jul 07, 2015 Carisa Crosbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read ALL of the books on Bipolar and this is by far the best resource for not only supporting your loved one suffering from the illness, but teaches you skills to prepare yourself for episodes or even prevent them from happening in the first place. It is validating and encouraging. I highly recommend this book for any therapist to share with their clients or for anyone experiencing the heartache of this illness.
Jan 14, 2008 julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love people who have Bi-polar disorder
this book was very helpful, espeically in understanding how a bi-polar thinks (or rather doesn't).if your partner is a diagnosed BP and you're both willing to work the techniques in the book, I bet you'll have quite a bit of success coping. But I have enough work to do, thank you very much, my superiority complex keeps me quite busy.
Karl T
Oct 01, 2015 Karl T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-to-read
Although I would like to have a manual exclusively of my partner. Each person with this disease has different levels within it by multiple factors. the book gives excellent tips on how to handle the situation, that we are not alone, that we should improve and that our thoughts are not all bad or anomalous.
May 15, 2010 Leabelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author has bipolar disorder as did her partner of many years. The author's approach: while a good start, medication alone will not keep you healthy, you need to take other measures to prevent the escalation of symptoms in either direction. It certainly increased my understanding of how one might live with the condition stay as healthy as possible.
Apr 01, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've ever read on the subject and it gave me so many insights. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to understand BP disorder or who has someone close to them that suffers from this illness.
Liz Mallett
Mar 23, 2013 Liz Mallett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute must for anyone who has a person with bipolar disorder- or any mental health issue- in their lives. Very practical. Filled with real life applications. Not a bunch of psycho-babble. It's a fabulous "tool" to add to your arsenal in battling this illness.
Margaret Scott
I did not like this book and my husband (who I bought it for) could barely make it through the first 2 chapters. I like welcome to the jungle much more.
Denae Dirksen-dorrett
I have enjoyed every book of hers thus far and feel that she offers great tools from her own experience
Pauline Allan
This was a quick read for anyone who is wanting a simple approach to handling a loved one suffering from Bipolar Disorder.
Dec 23, 2010 Bridgett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
I am the bipolar person, but I really found this book useful in locating triggers and symptoms and making a plan to improve mental health holistically.
Jen McDaniel
Dec 02, 2009 Jen McDaniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the best, most compassionate, but accurate book for bipolars and their caregivers. great strategies for predicting and coping with swings. julie fast knows what she is talking about!
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Julie A. Fast is a critically acclaimed six-time author, radio host, national speaker, and sought after expert in the field of mental health management. Since starting her website where she offers a treatment plan and advice for those affected by bipolar disorder, Julie has written three traditionally published books on the topic of mood disorders:

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