When bipolar disorder afflicts the person you love, you suffer too. How have other couples learned to manage the relationship strains caused by this illness? What can you do to provide your partner with truly helpful nurturance and support? No one cares more deeply about these questions than Dr. Cynthia Last, a highly regarded therapist/researcher who also has bipolar disorder. Sharing stories and solutions from her own experience and the couples she has treated, Dr. Last offers heartfelt, practical guidance for getting through the out-of-control highs and the devastating lows--together. Learn how you can help your spouse come to terms with a bipolar diagnosis, get the most out of treatment, and reduce or prevent future mood episodes, while also taking care of yourself.
Cynthia G. Last, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Boca Raton, Florida. She has served on the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, and is internationally known for her research on the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. The author or editor of 13 books, Dr. Last has been widely quoted and interviewed in the media. She lives with her husband of more than 20 years, Barry M. Rubin.
Foreword, Barry M. Rubin Introduction 1. Does Someone You Love Have Bipolar Disorder? 2. What You Can Expect: The Course of Bipolar Illness 3. "It's Not Me!": When Your Partner Is in Denial 4. What You Need to Know about Your Partner's Treatment 5. You, Your Loved One, and the Doctors: The Team Approach to Getting and Staying Well 6. Helping Your Partner Stick with Medication 7. Other Things You and Your Partner Can Do to Prevent Mood Episodes 8. Strategies for Dealing with the Ups Together 9. Strategies for Dealing with the Downs Together 10. Taking Care of Yourself and Your Relationship Resources