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BOOK REVIEW: TAKE CHARGE OF BIPOLAR DISORDER
BY JULIE A FAST AND JOHN PRESTON, PsyD

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What is it like to have bipolar illness? The author, Julie A. Fast, is someone who knows what it is like to live with a bipolar diagnosis because she was diagnosed with this illness in 1995.

Julie Fast and bipolar disorder specialist John Preston, PsyD, have written this book in order to help people who have been diagnosed with this illness. Many times people are given prescription drugs and this alone does not help many of them manage this illness.

How is this done? They have compiled a 4-step program, which consists of medications and supplements, lifestyle changes, behavioral changes and asking for help. After going through the 4-step program, the authors have a section called "Putting It All Together" - Using the 4 Step Treatment Plan in Daily Life.

The purpose of this book is for readers to learn how to understand the behaviors caused by this illness, work with their doctors to find the right medications, develop a bipolar-friendly diet and exercise program and recognize the triggers and signs of major bipolar disorder symptoms to stop mood swings.

The book begins by giving a thorough description of bipolar illness and includes the different categories. The book is written in a manner that is easy for the reader to understand. Throughout the book, the reader will find many sections called "For Family and Friends". These include many important tips for family and friends of someone who has been diagnosed with this illness. These are important because family and friends play an important role in helping someone with this illness. There is also a list of the several different medications used to treat bipolar illness. There are many other tools included in this book such as several different checklists and questionnaires. The reader will find the personal stories of several different people who have either been diagnosed with this illness or have a loved one who has been diagnosed with bipolar illness.

This book is a very detailed guide and is highly recommended for anyone who has been diagnosed with this illness or for any family member of someone with this illness. If you know anyone who has been diagnosed with bipolar illness and would like to help them, this book would be an excellent place to start. It will surely give you a better understanding of this illness and in order to be able to help someone you must understand an illness first.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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