Author(s): Cynthia G. Last
What happens when 'in sickness and in health' meets the turbulent challenges of bipolar disorder? In this wise, candid, and compassionate book written expressly for the spouse or partner, Dr. Cynthia Last shares her heartfelt insights as a highly regarded therapist/researcher and a bipolar sufferer. Readers learn how to help their loved one come to terms with a bipolar diagnosis and find effective treatment - and how to work together to get control over the mood swings and live life to the fullest. Vivid examples from Dr. Last's own experience and the couples she has treated illuminate ways to resolve painful relationship conflicts caused by the illness. She shows spouses what they can do to provide truly helpful nurturance and support, while also taking care of themselves.
Rubin, Foreword. Introduction. 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. Resources.