“Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder” by Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston was the first book I ever bought about Bipolar Disorder. The case manager I was assigned to after I was released from Brookhaven had a few copied pages from it as part of a group exercise. It is still the best book I’ve read about Bipolar Disorder and relationships. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves or has ever loved someone that is Bipolar.
About the Authors
Julie Fast, writer, public speaker and webmaster of Bipolarhappens.com was diagnosed with Bipolar II ultra, ultra rapid cycling in 1995 after 15 years of constantly wondering, “What’s wrong with me? ” Her partner of ten years was diagnosed with Bipolar I in 1994, which gives her book a unique perspective. Her philosophy is that bipolar disorder is a predictable and treatable illness once a person finds the right treatment plan.
John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP is a Core faculty member with Alliant International University, Sacramento Campus. He has also taught on the faculty of UC Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Preston is the author of eleven books, on various topics. His book, You Can Beat Depression, is endorsed by the National Mental Health Association.
When a person loves someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very stressful. From medication troubles to a partner’s mood swings the demands on a partner can be intense. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder takes a unique and practical approach to these issues.
Written by an author who has bipolar disorder (and who lived with a partner who also has bipolar disorder) and a coauthor with over ten books on the topic of mental illness, the book offers specific, practical and realistic tips on how a couple can work together as a team to create a treatment plan that teaches them to live with the illness while still maintaining a loving and joyful relationship. (Though this book is written for couples, friends and family members can use the techniques in the book as well.)
Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder provides hope and encourages couples to work together to create a plan they can use to help stabilize bipolar disorder so that their relationship can focus on love and companionship instead of the illness. Chapters include ideas on how to create a comprehensive treatment plan that incorporates medications and supplements, diet, exercise and behavior and lifestyle changes into one practical approach to this very serious illness. The partner of a person with bipolar disorder learns about communicating with their partner when they’re ill, getting real about the situation and how to take on other roles in healing besides caretaking. Other specific topics include work and money, emotions, sexual issues and much more. The goal of the book is to help couples create a relationship that is based on support and prevention instead of constant crisis control.