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Loving someone with bipolar: Understanding and helping your partner

Julie A. Fast, John D. Preston, Ph.D.

Loving someone with bipolar: Understanding and helping your partner


From the very first page, Loving Someone With Bipolar acknowledges the invaluable support partners of those with bipolar disorder provide. Partners are described as ‘the main caretakers who help people suffering from bipolar disorder when their lives are falling apart’.

Coming in at 696 pages long, Loving Someone With Bipolar consists of 15 chapters. They cover a multitude of issues ranging from a what works list, to work and money and how to create laughter and joy in your relationship.

Loving Someone With Bipolar is extremely useful, not only for the partners of those with bipolar disorder but also for those that have the condition themselves.

Packed full of case studies, it is a very easy to read book, crammed full of useful and helpful information.

When it comes to managing bipolar disorder, the book suggests adopting a holistic approach. It examines the importance of taking medication to manage bipolar symptoms, but also devotes space to diet, exercise, sleep regulation and lifestyle changes.

Other useful suggestions that could help the partner of someone with bipolar, are included and examined. In Chapter 6, the book recommends keeping a journal and learning to respond instead of react.

The final piece of advice to partners – to get on with their life the best they can and laugh and have fun in honour of a future together – provides an uplifting end to an empathetic and thoughtful book.

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Copies in our library:

Bipolar Edinburgh maintains a small library of books, CDs and DVDs. To borrow from the library you need to have attended at least two group meetings and registered your contact information with the group facilitators. We normally allow people to borrow items for two months, but please bring them back earlier if possible.

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