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Facing Bipolar: The Young Adult's Guide to Dealing with Bipolar Disorder Paperback – Jan 15 2010
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Adjusting to the personal and social demands of high school, college, and the young adult years is more complex than it has ever been. And for today's adolescents and young adults with bipolar disorder, the challenges are even greater and the stakes even higher. With their book Facing Bipolar , Federman and Thomson provide us with an important new resource. Based on sound clinical research and the rich experience of two knowledgeable practitioners, the book speaks in a direct and easy-to-understand voice that addresses the everyday questions of those initially facing this disruptive disorder. I strongly recommend this high-impact resource for teens, young adults, and others confronting the reality of bipolar disorder, and for the bookshelves of the counselors, psychologists, andpsychiatrists who treat them."
-Alan M. Schwitzer, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist and editor of the Journal of College Counseling
"Federman and Thomson have written a very thoughtful and pragmatic book. Their poignant stories describe the critical processes of recognition and acceptance while their straightforward advice conveys important treatment strategies required to manage this complex condition. This really is a must-read for young adults coming to terms with bipolar disorder."
-Richard Kadison, MD, chief of Harvard University Mental Health Services and author of College of the Overwhelmed
"In my work with college students who occasionally get derailed, I have found that no issue is more perplexing for students and those who love them than the onset of bipolar disorder. Federman and Thomson provide a valuable frame of reference for making sense of the chaos that bipolar disorder can bring to the life of a college student. Students and family members will also find comfort and order in the sound words they provide."
-Penny Rue, Vice Chancellor of student affairs at the University of California, San Diego
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
I must strongly disagree with the reviewer who labeled this book as discouraging. Here are some quotes from the book:
"Are you crazy? No, but you may be bipolar."
"Living with bipolar [is like] being carried down a river on a raft. The good news is that you have a set of oars on board. Whether your trip down the river is manageable or not depends on the direction and control that you bring to the experience."
"You've surely heard those human-interest stories where someone experiences a life-altering event, and then after a period of adjustment they continue forward with amazing determination and fortitude. They make films, create new software, design homes, invent new technologies, teach, coach, build bridges, raise children, and contribute to society in many other important ways. Why not you? Why not now?"
If you are concerned about bipolar disorder in yourself or a loved one, don't miss the chance to save someone's life. Amazon may not like me saying this (the authors may not like it either) but in the unlikely event you don't like the book, just send it back for a refund and nothing lost.