I received this publication as a gift in ebook format. The book is laid out very nicely and cleanly. Since there were no technical problems reading it on a Tablet, it was easy to focus just on the material rather than be sidetracked by any glitches. So, that was great!
Now coming to the actual book…I am convinced that the author, Troy Gillem, has benefited immensely from his personal experience with Bipolar Disorder. You just can’t read stuff like that and put it down authentically as your own when it comes to such a topic. Troy has the understanding and practical application of that acquired knowledge, because he has lived it! I’ll tell you what is most appreciable, at least in my opinion, about the book, Bipolar Battle Plan. It in no uncertain terms addresses the subject of the true nature of Bipolar Medication. This is perhaps the most pressing subject regarding the treatment and management of Bipolar Disorder. Patients, their family members, friends, and even the doctors are rarely found to be completely satisfied with prescribed medication. This results in a lot of pain to everyone. Troy states very pointedly in Chapter 4, Optimize your medication, under the sub-heading, Beware of Side Effects, paragraph 3: “If something is going wrong physically or mentally, always look to the medicine as the possible culprit.” Now that might sound like common sense, but for those who deal with bipolar disorder on a chronic, daily basis, they would appreciate that such common sense is so often absent when most needed. He later goes on to tell of Generic Side Effects from Bipolar Medication in specific terms as in the form of a bullet list. Such things make this an excellent resource for patients and caregivers.
The book is simple, practical, but also requires the reader to use personal discernment. Without good judgment, it is possible to misapply even good advice. So that’s something to remember always. I am impressed by the practical content of this book and believe that readers too can benefit from a judicious reading of it.