Love Has Its Ups and Downs

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Love Has Its Ups and Downs: With a Bipolar Spouse is a manual for living with a husband or wife who has bipolar disorder. While there are many books about how to support a person with a mentai illness, Love Has Its Ups and Downs tells you how to do that without losing yourself in the chaos.

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About Bonnie Rice

Bonnie Rice spent years trying to be the perfect wife and mother, immersed herself in home organization and self-help, hoping that somehow she could have the tidy, quiet, middle-class life that always eluded her.

After nearly twenty years of marriage she finally learned that it wasn't lousy housekeeping that was keeping her in chaos. It was the bipolar disorder that made her husband so critical of her attempts, and kept her walking on eggshells trying to please him.

Stepping gingerly off the eggshells, she has been working on ways to deal with the disorder, keep her identity and dreams alive, and simply please the husband she married who is buried deep beneath the bipolar bear she sometimes lives with.

Not wanting to waste the research, she is making her discoveries available to those who can use them. Enjoy the books--it took a lot of living to write them.

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Jen Campbell reviewed on Oct. 10, 2012

What a wonderfully informative book for spouses of those with bipolar disorder! She has a wonderfully candid, down to earth manner about her writing that makes it seem as if she's sitting down you personally offering encouragement, advice and wise counsel. It was a very easy read. I found the chapter on boundaries very applicable and easy to implement.
I would highly recommend this book to others in the same situation. Thank You Bonnie, for taking the time to write this great book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Carol Horan reviewed on Aug. 21, 2012

Bonnie Rice provides a valuable service to spouses and partners of individuals suffering from bipolar disorder. She is not only an excellent writer but also a strong woman, wife and mother. Although she's not a mental health professional, Bonnie has acquired her expertise through years of experience, research and working with both mental health professionals and support groups.

I especially liked Bonnie's emphasis on boundaries and safety as a priority in relationships involving bipolar disorder. Somehow, despite the multiple sources of stress in Bonnie's life, she retains a sense of humor and willingness to reach out and help others. I highly recommend this book to anyone in a relationship with someone with bipolar disorder. If a significant other hasn't been (or refuses to be) professionally diagnosed or treated, it could still help to read this book to better understand this often baffling disorder.

Carol Horan, M.A., L.M.F.T.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Terry Carlson reviewed on Feb. 6, 2012

This book was a GREAT help. It made me breath a little easier. My husband has not been offically diagnosed and probably never will be because he refuses to go to any doctor for anything. Bonnie has a way of writing that makes you feel like she's talking to you. Just to read that someone has gone through some of the same things I have helps a lot. I have not discussed this issue with anyone - not family or friends. So her advice on starting a journal has been VERY helpful. Just to be able to get my feelings out has been so theraputic. This book, hands down, is the best book I have read regarding BP.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Nancy Beck reviewed on Nov. 27, 2011

It's not easy having a bipolar spouse, and sometimes you feel like I have (especially lately) - alone and unable to tell anyone what's going on. Because of this book, I finally was able to get it together and tell some friends of my husband's relapse. What was esp. disheartening was that he was so good for years...only to relapse into major buying sprees when we can ill afford it. The warmth and understanding of this book can't be understated. DEFINITELY worth your while if you have a loved one with bipolar. Ms. Rice lets you know you aren't alone in how you feel.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
gert Snyders reviewed on Nov. 7, 2011

Every individual with bipolar that is in a relationship must have this book nearby. This book really helped me to cope with my wife’s bipolar, It is a must read. I would like to thank Bonnie Rice for her Wise words, that I believe will help many couples. As it helped us.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Michelle Cutaia reviewed on June 19, 2011
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A must read for anyone married or in a relationship to a beloved sufferer of BP. Bonnie spells out in perfection how to survive and thrive together. Sadly, i read the book too late and my beloved has left me after his/our first episode together. Praying daily that God will bring him back. Read the book...5 stars and then some
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
thinkmaker reviewed on April 27, 2011

I loved this book. I discovered it at a time when it was really needed in my life. Thank you to the author!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
jennie caminada reviewed on Feb. 8, 2011
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Amazing book, i have read many books on bipolar but none really help you understand what it is like to be the loved one and how you can keep your sanity, humour, set boundaries, help your bipolar loved one without losing yourself and so much more. Written by a kind and wise woman who has experienced it all herself and yet is still married!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Rosemary Gorman reviewed on Jan. 13, 2011

This book has helped my daughter to under stand the symptoms of bipolar and the damage it can do in a marriage thank you for writing it. This book has helped us sooo much Rosemary Gorman
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
pamela galli reviewed on Nov. 15, 2010

There are quite a few books on Bipolar Disorder, but not so many with practical advice and wisdom about how to live with a loved one who has it. This one is written from the voice of experience, in the trenches -- and in a concise, entertaining way. The author has raised four children while in a long-term marriage to a bipolar husband -- and made it work. While not everyone can do that, she tells how she did.

But the advice is not just for those living with a bipolar spouse -- it is for everyone with a bipolar loved one in his life!

Although she offers the book as a public service, because she knows how tight finances can be in a household with a bipolar person, it is worth much more!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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