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Facing Bipolar: The Young Adult's Guide to Dealing with Bipolar Disorder [Paperback]

Russ Federman , J. Anderson Thomson
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Jan. 15 2010
When you travel to a new city, it helps to have a map close at hand. On the first day of school, you need to have your schedule of classes. And if you've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or suspect you may have it, then it's even more important to have a guidebook within reach.

Facing Bipolar will help you navigate the world of medications, therapists, and the up-and-down mood cycles common to the disorder. It clearly explains what bipolar disorder is and provides sound guidance for developing the necessary coping skills to manage its impact on your life.

In this book you'll discover:


• How therapy and medications can help • When and how to tell your friends, roommates, and teachers • The four key factors that will bring more stability to your life • How to develop a support network and access college resources • Ways to overcome the challenges in accepting this illness

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Russ Federman, PhD, is director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Virginia and clinical assistant professor in the university's Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiological Sciences. He is a licensed psychologist, a diplomate in clinical psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of College Counseling . J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., MD, is a staff psychiatrist at the University of Virginia's Counseling and Psychological Services in the Department of Student Health. He is a clinical assistant professor in the university's Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiological Sciences. He is also a staff psychiatrist at the University of Virginia's Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy and at Region 10 Community Services. He maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, VA.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Helpful in some ways, Almost Offensive in others Sept. 18 2013
By CSpong
Format:Paperback
Having read the other reviews, I know this book is extremely helpful to some, especially when you don't know much about bipolar.

I did find the charts and information on managing bipolar pretty helpful, but there were certain messages that really bothered me.

"...you probably won't become a high profile politician, a fighter pilot, an air traffic controller or a CIA agent" and "You'll find that one of the toughest challenges is saying good-bye to the person you once thought you would be"... What kind of a message is that for a teenager?!

Knowing that my bipolar is genetic, my daughter may very well develop it. For those messages alone, I would never ever let her read this book. Yes, it is important to be realistic and the book does make sure to say you still can be successful (just not that successful, apparently), but bipolar doesn't always mean that you can't be a politician or a pilot... It means you have a lot of work ahead of you. I thought those were strong hope-destroying messages.

There are plenty of excellent books on bipolar out there, even some with the same down-to-earth air to it. I would pass on this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing! July 22 2010
By Tiffany S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Hands down, the best resource I've found for young adults dealing with bipolar disorder. I am 24 and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder a few years ago. While I have been through many of the initial shocks and have learned the hard way that I need to be on a schedule (many of the things Facing Bipolar addresses), this book provided me with a sense of relief I didn't have before. Before reading this book, I felt alone. I don't know anyone my age or even close to it that struggles with mental health to the same extent. I've read half a dozen books about being bipolar and this is the one that really hit home. Facing Bipolar is a much needed resource for young adults dealing with bipolar disorder for the first time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Thought Nov. 5 2012
By Gabrielle - Published on Amazon.com
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The book did provide a lot of information about bipolar disorder and things you will experience while learning to cope with your diagnosis. With lots of helpful stories about people facing certain issues and struggles which were affected by the illness. That being said, the book was really depressing to read. It listed things you shouldn't do, things to be careful of, every horrible thought and feeling you would have after being diagnosed. It was a lot of, 'You will feel like you are different from everyone else, and you are. You need to accept that.' The book provided very little hope for things you can accomplish, and there were really no stories of anyone achieving great success after a lapse.

Honestly the book made me feel like I am incapable of so many things. There are limitations to things I can accomplish, but the book just took it to the extreme and painted a bleak future void of successes made by others as if I'm not capable of it.

In short, it was informative about only the down sides of being bipolar but offered no light at the end of the tunnel.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class: Honest, clear and supportive information April 21 2010
By Talking Doc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a college counseling center psychologist I found this book amazingly on target for someone with a new bipolar diagnosis. It tells honestly and frankly what is involved in addressing this disorder so a person can live a full and satisfying life. Living with bipolar is not easy or simple, and this book does not mislead with optimistic platitudes. At the same time the authors are encouraging and empathetic, and offer lots of practical advice for the client, friends, and family. I gave a copy to a personal friend's daughter as well as recommending it to students at our university. Our staff unanimously found the book to be a useful, compact review of the treatments and issues of bipolar disorder. Thanks for a volume both caring and competent.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Glad I Found This Book Feb. 8 2011
By C Hurst - Published on Amazon.com
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In the weeks following our son's diagnosis as bipolar we spent many hours on the internet searching for resources, and we purchased a number of books. Of all the things that I have read, this book was the most practical and appropriate to hand to our son. When I read the introduction I felt like these authors actually knew my son and the challenges that he is facing with this new diagnosis. Thank you so much for taking your years of experience with college aged young people and sharing your wisdom with the rest of us.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource! April 2 2010
By Steve Sprinkle - Published on Amazon.com
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As a psychologist who has worked in college and university counseling centers for over 20 years, I was delighted to find this wonderful resource for young adults with Bipolar Disorder and their friends, families, and loved ones. The authors offer an accessible and comprehensive guide based on the latest research and their many years of clinical experience. This book is destined to become a classic in the field.
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