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If you have a young adult who is either affected by a bipolar disorder or more importantly, has a family member or loved one who is, then I can and do highly recommend this work. Actually, it is an informative read for adults also who may have heard the term but are in that bewildered state when the diagnosis is either made or the manifestations of this condition are present.
This is a series of articles, essays really, which describe this all too common condition, by those who actually suffer from it. The articles take you through the patient's early stages and onward as to how it affected their lives. Some of the essays are by family members telling of their loved ones and how lives were changed and what the results were and various treatment regimens.
Chapter one covers the subject of living with bipolar disorder.
Chapter two addresses coping with a loved one's bipolar disorder.
Chapter three discusses the various treatments for bipolar disorder.
Some of the individuals writing or interviewed here are well known; Jane Pauley and Patty Duke being good examples. Husbands, wives, children, friends...they are all covered. Some of these stories are quite touching but all are extremely honest and cut right to the chase. The depression, mania, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, the obsessive behavior of some...all are met head on and discussed in a very real way.
This disorder has many manifestations; each individual is different and this little work goes a long way in addressing many of the common, and some not to common, behaviors.
I think the strong point of this book is that it gives some insight as to just what is going on inside the mind of the victim. The hereditary aspect is examined along with the all too common disastrous and heart breaking outcome of suicide.
Throughout all of this work helpful advice is given as to medical care, helpful dietary changes, exercise regimens and life style changes.
The book ends with a full chapter of resource material options and where to find them.
There is a tremendous amount of information packed in these 138 pages...the reader will be surprised how much knowledge is dished out here.
Highly recommend this one...it is important.