Written in a highly-accessible question and answer format, this comprehensive and compassionate guide draws on the latest research, a broad range of expert opinion, numerous real-life voices and personal experiences from people with bipolar. With a list of useful resources, it is both the perfect first port of call and a reference bible you can refer to time and time again.
From how to recognize the symptoms to how to explain to a child that their parent has been diagnosed, first cousins Amanda and Sarah – who have four close family members diagnosed with the condition – explore and explain absolutely everything that someone with bipolar disorder (and those who live with and love them) needs to know.
Sarah Owen began her career in journalism in 1994 at Cosmopolitan magazine, before going freelance and writing health and wellbeing features for a range of newspapers and glossy magazines, including the Express, Daily Mail, Sunday Times, MarieClaire and Psychologies. Sarah has also been involved in creating online content and patient support programmes to help people manage long-term health conditions.
Bipolar Disorder is co-written with first cousin Amanda Saunders. Four members of their close family (Amanda’s mum; Sarah’s sister and late dad; their shared grandfather) have bipolar disorder.
Amanda Saunders has worked as a writer, editor and senior communications professional for almost thirty years. This has included writing for the National Childbirth Trust and working as head of internal communications at the London School of Economics, before more recently becoming a deputy director of communications at the House of Commons, a non-political role.
Bipolar Disorder is co-written with first cousin Sarah Owen. Four members of their close family (Amanda’s mum; Sarah’s sister and late dad; their shared grandfather) have bipolar disorder.
"This excellent new guide to bipolar is structured around the kind of key questions that anyone encountering the condition for the first time would want to ask."
– Pendulum - The Journal of MDF The Bipolar Organisation
"With its useful glossary and many in-line notes of explanation, this book could provide a good initial orientation to bipolar disorder for the newly-diagnosed, their families and carers."
– Your Voice - Member Magazine
"Should I ever worry about myself or another close family member developing the condition, this book will answer any questions that I might have in the most friendly and uncomplicated style. It really is Bipolar Disorder – the Ultimate Guide that stands as a unique and approachable reference book for those with the condition and their loved ones."
– Jo Crocker - sister and PA to Stephen Fry - the actor, broadcaster, director, and writer, who talks
"A comprehensive, practical human resource which has been written listening to the voices of the people who know bipolar disorder best."
– Alan Ogilvie - Medical Director of Equilibrium - The Bipolar Foundation
"As the daughter of a man who suffered from bipolar disorder throughout my upbringing, I strongly recommend this book as a must-read to all of us who need to understand what we are living with."
– Lynne Franks - author, activist and broadcaster
"I wish that this superb book had been around when I was growing up with a father with bipolar. It is packed with practical advice for those with the condition and their families on every aspect of the illness - and some astonishing first-hand accounts. It will provide a huge amount of comfort - and help."
– Martin Townsend - Editor of the Sunday Express and author of The Father I Had
"Practical, compassionate, thorough and trustworthy, this guide contains everything you ever wanted to know about bipolar, from the big issues to the small details. An enlightening and empowering book."
– Maureen Rice - Editor of Psychologies magazine
"This is the one book I wish I'd had when I was first diagnosed… remarkably accessible and nourishing"
– Paul Abbott - BAFTA-winning screenwriter and creator of Shameless, State of Play, and Clocking Off
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