"Rebecca Woolis has produced a handbook that is both practical and accessible, eminently useful for anyone who has a family member with a serious mental illness" — E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., author of Surviving Schizophrenia


This book is an outstanding overview for extended family members and others involved in the care/support of a person who has bipolar disorder aka manic depression. Has proven very helpful in our situation. — Anonymous reader
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The 2003 updated and revised edition of When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Family, Friends and Caregivers offers vital and current information about recovery from mental illness and substance abuse. It addresses short-term, daily problems of dealing with someone who has a psychiatric disability, and long-term planning and care. Of special interest are the forty-six "Quick Reference Guides" about such topics as: responding to delusions, hallucinations, violence, and anger, deciding if the person should live at home, handling holidays, helping siblings, keeping a life of your own and how to help people who do not understand that they have a mental illness or substance use disorder.
Chapter headings include:
  • The World of Mental Illness
  • Understanding Treatments and the Course of Mental Illness
  • Essential Skills for Getting Along With People With Mental Illness
  • Handling the Basic Symptoms - Hallucinations, Delusions, and Confused Thinking - and Minimizing Relapses
  • Managing More Severe Symptoms and Problems: Bizarre Behavior, Violence, Substance Abuse, and Suicide
  • Coping With Your Own Feelings
  • Balancing Family Needs With the Patient's Needs
  • Working With Mental-Health Professionals and Choosing Facilities
  • Dealing With Practical Matters: Housing, Jobs, Money, and Stigma
  • Recovery from Mental Illness and Understanding and Responding to Dual Disorders
  • Appendix: Medications


To purchase, ask your local bookstore to order it or order online from Barnes and Noble.
Rebecca Woolis, MFT
925 The Alameda
Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone: (510)525-3153