A compassionate approach to understanding and supporting loved ones with bipolar disorder
If your loved one was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns about how to help them live the healthiest life possible. Understanding Bipolar Disorder answers those questions and offers helpful guidance with essential information, practical strategies, and support for families of people suffering from bipolar disorder.
Learn about what bipolar is, how it's diagnosed, the science behind it, and the treatments available, including medication, therapies, and community support. You'll find effective tools for dealing with a diagnosis as a family, advice for exploring therapy options as a team, and simple techniques for managing your family's stress levels to prevent emotional burnout.
Understanding Bipolar Disorder includes:
Relatable anecdotes—Read about what it's like to have bipolar disorder and to live with someone who has it.
Family friendly activities—Explore exercises and questions you can work through together so you can learn how to best support your loved one with bipolar.
Tools for thriving together—Discover tools that help you flourish as a family, including advice for getting ahead of moods, setting boundaries, maintaining healthy relationships, self-care, and more.
Take the first step toward understanding and managing bipolar disorder—together.
About the Author
AIMEE DARAMUS, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and college professor who specializes in the treatment of chronic mental illness. She teaches psychology at Harold Washington College in Chicago, Illinois. Aimee also writes and speaks about the treatment of mental illness, including the use of virtual reality, therapeutic applications of video games, and using pop culture in therapy.
“Understanding Bipolar Disorder is an excellent resource for providing substantive and practical information to families struggling with a loved one’s mental health problems. This is a treasure trove of useful knowledge that is written to be accessible and enlightening.” —Aaron Karmin, LCPC, Author of Anger Management Workbook for Men
“Understanding Bipolar Disorder is an important and valuable text. Dr. Daramus gives practical tips for treatment planning, communication, and resolving conflicts. She also makes the science of bipolar disorder understandable so individuals and families can use that information to participate in treatment decisions. In presenting an ideal of best care practices, she also points out that it is normal and okay to experience a range of feelings and expectations when learning how to manage moods. Understanding Bipolar Disorder helps family members help each other.” —Les White, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
“This book is a fantastic reference for people diagnosed with bipolar spectrum disorders, their families and friends, and anyone wanting a better understanding of the subject. The information is thorough without being overwhelming. Dr. Daramus provides a calm, clear, and practical voice throughout. I would absolutely recommend this book.” —Dr. Lauren Steinhart, Clinical Psychologist