Living with Bipolar: A practical guide for those with the disorder, their family and friends

Living With Bipolar: A practical guide for those with the disorder, their family and friends
Published: 3/5/2009
Approximately half the people seeking help with depression are diagnosed with a form of bipolar disorder and it affects about one in 100 people in the UK. Formerly known as manic depression, its mood swings can be extraordinarily disturbing for both the sufferer and for those around them. Written by two leading psychiatrists and two clinical psychologists, Living with Bipolar explains that this challenging illness can be managed. While there is no cure, it's possible…

Living with bipolar is a practical and no-nonsense guide packed with comprehensive and useful information. It is a book that you can easily dip in and out of and is a great read for those who have recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It is also very useful for those with friends and family who want to find out more about the illness.

There are 21 chapters included in the 300 page book and it begins with explaining what bipolar disorder is and offers invaluable advice and guidance.

The book covers a wide range of topics, from managing triggers and catching symptoms early to helpful and practical ways to reduce relapses and suicide risk. There is also a specific chapter in Living with bipolar that focuses on how loved ones can support someone with bipolar.

Handy key bullet points are included at the end of each chapter, which are really useful if you want to find information quickly.

Living with bipolar also contains individual case studies, including looking at a person’s mood diary and a plan to prevent or reduce manic relapse.

This empathetic book offers gentle advice and provides hope.

“We see managing your bipolar disorder as part of the larger journey of living your live, and hope that this book provides you with ideas and inspiration along the way,” say the authors.

Living with bipolar certainly manages to achieve its goals.