|About the Book|
Bipolar Disorder is a family illness – a thief of family serenity and peace of mind, a destroyer of emotional balance for everyone who comes into contact with it, and the catalyst of a lifestyle that frequently produces dire consequences at home, inMoreBipolar Disorder is a family illness – a thief of family serenity and peace of mind, a destroyer of emotional balance for everyone who comes into contact with it, and the catalyst of a lifestyle that frequently produces dire consequences at home, in the workplace, and in society as a whole.Relationships with bipolar people are not easy, and more often than not by the time the bipolar in your life has been properly diagnosed and treatment has begun, the stress of months and years of chaos has left you scarred and exhausted.Moreover, recent research has shown that some 50% of all people with Bipolar Disorder also display features of Borderline Personality Disorder, thus making diagnosis and treatment even more difficult.This wonderful book is designed specifically for families and friends of those with Bipolar Disorder. It looks directly, and lovingly, at the ways in which the non-bipolar can be a pivotal factor leading to stability rather than being a “trigger” for emotional breakdown. With extraordinary sensitivity it reveals how Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a new standard of treatment, combines four components – mindfulness, interpersonal relationship skills, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance – to dramatically improve the life of the bipolar as well as those of family members and friends. DBT has been adopted very successfully as the key component and model for the Meehl House residential treatment program.Most importantly, this book is all about creating and nurturing strong, loving relationships.