Had Mostly Good Advice, But the Pseudoscience Was Hard to Overlook

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner - Julie A. Fast, John D. Preston

My husband has bipolar disorder. I finally got tired of not understanding him and got this book to better understand what is going on inside his head. I loved that this book offered a great set of steps to treat him, but there were a few elements that left me a bit shaky.


I found the plan that he did to be good. As a spouse of a man with bipolar disorder, I can safely say it's not easy to deal with all the emotional problems people with bipolar disorder encounter. It is quite easy to become a helicopter spouse where your life becomes a secondary concern. The authors discourage such behavior, especially when the bipolar person is balanced enough to take care of himself. 


Part of the treatment plan was to treat the disorder holistically. Some of this is quite logical, such as looking at dietary triggers such as caffeine when coupled with stress. Unfortunately, the authors also advocate usage of alternative treatments such as homeopathy and acupuncture, neither of which has been proven to help in any capacity. I find this to be disturbing and dangerous in the hands of someone who distrusts doctors and medicine.