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Sarah Owen , Amanda Saunders
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1 July 2008

The shocking truth is that one in fifty of us will have Bipolar Disorder at some point in our lives. If you, or a friend or family member, is diagnosed with Bipolar, or if you suspect that someone you know may have Bipolar, this book is a fantastic first port of call for advice and support. Written in an extremely helpful question and answer format, this comprehensive and compassionate guide draws on a broad range of expert opinion, the very latest research, and personal experience to explore and explain everything that someone who has bipolar, friend, relative or carer might want to know about Bipolar Disorder. Including numerous real-life case studies and a full list of support organisations and internet resources around the world, this handy blend of advice and insight will answer all your questions, from how to recognise the symptoms to how to explain to a child that their parent has been diagnosed.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851686045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851686049
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.7 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This excellent new guide to bipolar is structured around the kind of key questions that anyone encountering the condition for the first time would want to ask."

(Pendulum - The Journal of MDF The Bipolar Organisation)

"With its useful glossary and many in-line notes of explanation, this book could provide a good initial orientation to bipolar disorder for the newly-diagnosed, their families and carers."

(Your Voice - Member Magazine)


"With its useful glossary and many in-line notes of explanation, this book could provide a good initial orientation to bipolar disorder for the newly-diagnosed, their families and carers."

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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I am posting this review from a friend in South Africa at her request as I gave her this book as a gift and so she wasn't able to post a review on Amazon herself.

My daughter is 22 years old and has bipolar disorder. I live in South Africa and having read this book, it is as if a light has come on for me. For years I have been trying to manage my daughter's illness in the dark but I can now see how she has had bipolar disorder all along. She had seen psychologists since the age of nine and was eventually, at the age of 15, diagnosed with severe depression. She kept taking herself off the medication and then a different psychologist would put her on it again. But she was often so happy and outgoing that no one believed that she was depressed. Then at the age of 19 she was tested for bipolar disorder and it was immediately confirmed. The medication made a big difference and she was once again able to cope with life. However, I did not have any tools to help her in other ways. I assumed that the medication on its own would sort her out. Only since reading the book do I understand what the implications are for the carer. I have made BIG mistakes and can see, in hindsight, how they contributed to her mania and depression. I can also see how many of her childhood idiosyncrasies were actually symptoms of bipolar disorder. I am so glad that children can now be diagnosed earlier - even if they are not put onto medication - so that their environment can become "bipolar friendly". I would have done so many things differently, had I known earlier. The other issue the book highlighted very strongly was that the illness is hereditary. I will make sure that my son and my brother read the book, as their children or grandchildren may have this illness.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read and an invaluable resource 6 Oct 2008
I bought this book because a close friend had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and I was very worried when I first saw her in the middle of a psychotic episode and knew I had to find out more. Most other books I'd browsed through on the subject looked fairly inaccessible but the Q and A format of this book means you can read as little or as much as you want, on the topics you're particularly interested in. I also think the fact that both of the authors have personal experience of this condition (three close family members have been diagnosed with it) makes it different from other books - they've both obviously gone through so much and really understand and care about the condition from an insider's point of view. This book is far more than a dry textbook, it shares the personal experiences of both the authors and dozens of people with the condition, often in a wonderfully humorous way. I cried when I read some of the accounts, but also felt lots of hope when I read how many people (such as Stephen Fry) go on to lead very successful, happy lives. I now feel so much better placed to help, support and encourage my friend. Buy this book - it's a good read and an invaluable resource.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply, an indispensable book 19 Aug 2009
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder following a breakdown triggered by the sudden death of my brother six years ago. It wasn't long before my medical history caught up with me and I was sacked from my job by my somewhat unsympathetic employers. The stigma and discrimination sufferers face can be one of the most challenging aspects of the illness, which is why Biplolar disorder - the ultimate guide is such a breath of fresh air. Written by two cousins who draw upon their own family history of the condition, the book tackles the prejudice and ignorance surrounding the illness head-on. With their calm and clear approach, Sarah Owen and Amanda Saunders have created an indispensable survival guide for sufferers and carers alike. The question-and-answer format allows the user to access relevant information with ease, while quotes from real-life sufferers provide a unique insight into the disorder. For me, the most helpful sections include crisis management - or what to do in an emergency - and advice on the best lifestyle choices to make in order to stay well.
Luckily, I have been well, and medication-free, for the past two years but I feel so much happier knowing I have this excellent guide to hand if I become unwell again. Many thanks for such a wonderful book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 9 Oct 2009
This is a fantastic book! I bought Bipolar for Dummies when I was first diagnosed and it is a great book but this book is really is the bees knees.

I love the way that each chapter has informative and proven medical facts (hey some books have a lot of maybe's and if's in them) said in such a way that those of us without a medical degree can understand them and a chery on top is added by real people who either suffer from bipolar or love someone with bipolar, because it's all very well and good experts giving their facts and opinions but nothing beats words of wisdom from those who have personally 'lived' with it.

I love the quirky style of it too! The bit that quotes Mr Stephen Fry and others about bipolar being technically wrong as it's not just two but is can be three or more and sometimes it can be more like a cork screw of mood esp. when a person is experiencing a mixed state.

I highly recommend this book and this alone or this and the 'Bipolar for Dummies' book will be enough to give you all the information you need (quite cheaply too - no need for great big hulking medical journals) for yourself or for someone who loves and cares for someone who is bipolar plus if your forearmed with knowledge then I think it's easier / less daunting as you know what's what.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for those with bipolar disorder
A brilliant book for the newly diagnosed. NOT written by psychiatrists, yet accurate and reliable information for patients and professionals alike. Highly recommended.
Published 2 days ago by Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe
1.0 out of 5 stars Naff
Any book purporting to be an Ultimate resource should be avoided.If people don't know in the first person then they shouldn't be so conceited. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Waiting
1.0 out of 5 stars out of date information, published in 2008 that is far too long ago
Please read more up to date material, I was wrong to read the book that was published in 2008. There are a lot more new research has been done since 2008.... Read more
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Published 4 months ago by mrs w a stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I always return to.
I read a few books on Bipolar Disorder when I was first diagnosed. It's the only one that I could actually find the answers I was looking for with ease, and even 5 years later I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jacqui
4.0 out of 5 stars my wife has bipolar
My wife has bipolar. For a long time we've just dealt with her relapses but this books has helped me understand her condition and how to better manage it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. T. Cho
Published 6 months ago by mrs l a griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars this book was the best book on bipolar that i have ever seen
if you or some one you know are suffering from bipolar please tell them to buy this book. its the best book i have ever seen to do with bipolar.
Published 9 months ago by william flood
4.0 out of 5 stars informative, clear writing and explains where needed.
Having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it has been a struggle to say the least to explain it to the people I allow to know about it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S.fin
4.0 out of 5 stars Bi-Poloar Unmasked
There was so much about this condition that I did not understand. There was and still is little information coming out of the NHS to patients on the help that is availble. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wil
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